A recent publication on VentureBeat revealed that Facebook has removed support for phone number logins on Facebook Messenger. This new change, now requires users to create a Facebook account in order to use Messenger. Before now, users could simply sign up with their mobile numbers instead of a Facebook account for both Messenger and Messenger Lite.
According to a Facebook spokesperson who communicated via email wrote,
If you’re new to Messenger, you’ll notice that you need a Facebook account to chat with friends and close connections. We found that the vast majority of people who use Messenger already log in through Facebook and we wanted to simplify the process. If you already use Messenger without a Facebook account, no need to do anything.
The new change is only applicable to new users who haven’t signed up for Messenger before. The new change has gotten a lot of users talking as they report about their account access being restricted. Some users on Reddit has suggested that the app has some bugs that comes with this change.
It is believed that the new move, is the company’s way of unifying its three major messaging services, the Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram.