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Users react angrily to 'forced' Facebook Messenger split

Private messaging split comes into effect over the weekend, users react badly

Users react angrily to 'forced' Facebook Messenger split
As of this weekend, Facebook users must now download the Messenger app to private message friends

Users have reacted angrily to Facebook's decision to split messaging between friends from the main mobile app, which came into effect over the weekend.

While the split, which now demands that users download the Messenger app in order to private message Facebook friends, has caused Messenger to become the number-one downloaded app on both iOS and Android, it has also drawn plenty of criticism.

Users on Apple's App Store have been particularly vocal about having to download Messenger. Many have left scathing reviews on the app's page, rating it just one star. At the time of writing, the app had an average 1.5-star rating on the App Store.

"This app might be a great app, but the fact that all Facebook users are required to download the app so that we can read and respond to our messages is inconvenient and a great nuisance," one review from user ‘cutesy' read.

"Why should it be forced down our throats? Is there a reason why it cannot be optional? A legitimate reason? I personally am turned off from Facebook."

The app has managed to maintain a four-star average rating on the Google Play Store, but plenty have still written negative reviews deriding Facebook for splitting off its messaging platform. Android users have also complained about the amount of memory that the app takes up, as well as the permissions that the app requires.

"I don't understand why I have to use this app. I already have low storage and had to erase games and other apps just to have this installed," wrote Android user April Pool.

"It should be our choice if we want this app. Not fair. I want games and other important apps on my phone, not Facebook messenger."

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