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Facebook has now made it mandatory requirement to sign up with a Facebook account and has removed the option to sign up with mobile number. Earlier, users can sign up with mobile number or a Facebook account for both Messenger and Messenger Lite.
Venturebeat confirmed the change by Facebook in an article. A spokesperson has reportedly told Venturebeat that new users of Messenger will require a Facebook account to chat with friend and close connections. They also noted that most current users already have signed into their Facebook account when using the app and that nothing will happen to those users who have been using Messenger without an account.
The change is likely part of Facebook’s strategy of unification of its three major messaging services, Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram. Facebook has steadily been introducing its name throughout the app as recently it made an update to these three apps. Facebook is also reported working on integrating and unifying the background infrastructure that is running these apps.
However the change has not been completely smooth as some users on Reddit have reported that their account access has been restricted, suggesting that the app has some bugs with this change.