Earlier this week Facebook revealed that it was removing the chat feature from the Facebook Mobile app forcing people to download the standalone Facebook Messenger if they want to continue to use Facebook Chat. To those that use the standalone app it’s not that much of a big deal, but for those who perhaps don’t have the storage space for another app are left with a bitter taste in their mouths.

Facebook have since tried to justify the fairly controversial idea by throwing numbers out into the world, one of which is that the Facebook Messenger app has over 200 million users. This is the first time the company has released numbers for their Messenger app so it is a pretty big deal, not that those forced to download the standalone app really care.

Facebook recently acquired WhatsApp and once the deal fully closes Facebook will be able to add another 50o million users to their list, though Facebook has confirmed that WhatsApp will remain independent and won’t be forcing its users to switch to Facebook Messenger.

So what do you think to the change? For those that use Facebook Messenger fairly often you’ll probably be pleased that you won’t have to open Facebook to see your messages, for those that seldom use the feature will probably find it a bit of an unnecessary waste of time.. Let us know your thoughts by leaving a comment below!

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