Facebook Messenger wants you, even if you’ve boycotted Facebook

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    Do you hate Facebook? Did you recently delete your Facebook account because you were frustrated that your brain is asking you to check it every 31 seconds? Well, guess what. The social network giant still wants you to use some of its services.

    Facebook now allows you to sign up and use Facebook Messenger even if you don’t have an account with the social network or shuttered yours. The app that allows you to text, call, and most recently video call for free doesn’t even need your email. You can simply sign up with your name, mobile number and a photo to start using.

    “With this update, more people can enjoy all the features that are available on Messenger — including photos, videos, group chats, voice and video calling, stickers and more,” says Facebook.

    We don’t think the new ‘feature’ will add or change anything for users who are using both the messaging app and Facebook. “For those who have Facebook accounts, there are many benefits to using your Facebook credentials when signing up for Messenger. People can easily message their Facebook friends and contacts, access their Facebook messages and take advantage of multi-device messaging across mobile devices, the web and tablets,” said Facebook on their blog.

    Our hunch is that the move could be a bid to woo back users who have stopped using the social network. Currently, the option to use Messenger without a Facebook account is available only in the US, Canada, Peru and Venezuela.