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July 24, 2015
9:16 am
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Pat Goss
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What Is it and how is it different from the rest of facebook? Thanks.

July 24, 2015
8:12 pm
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Facebook messenger is the instant messaging part of facebook – just on mobile devices.

So, if you’re using Facebook on a computer – have you ever used the Private Message function?

Facebook thought that was a pretty cool feature, to be able to private message (aka Instant Message) your facebook friends. But, on a mobile device, they added even more functionality to it. They added the ability to make a voice call or video call to a facebook friend. You can use it like Texting. It became such a useful feature that it was a viable app all on its own. That App is now named Facebook Messenger and it is the only way, on a mobile device, to send a private message to a facebook friend. I think it’s a pretty wonderful app and I use it a lot.

There has been some bad press on it because of the permissions it demands. If you ever looked at the permissions for any app that can text, call, video and send pictures, you will see all the same permissions. It’s not a problem.

November 28, 2018
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Barbara Dalderis
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How do I get rid of Facebook Messenger.  I Don’t recall adding it .  And I can’t get rid of it too many people send me messages and I Don’t care to use it.  I got a message today from a friend saying she got a friend  request from me and to check and see if I was hacked.   Thanks.

Barbara 

November 28, 2018
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Hey Barbara,

Yeah … that “I got a friend request from you …” is a current hoax/scam going around. It is nasty that it’s delivered using Messenger.

Messenger on your mobile devices is an app, it’s a blue lightning bolt icon. You can just uninstall it like any other app. On a computer, it’s just a Facebook chat message. No way to turn that off. Here is Facebook’s help on messages.

I actually like Facebook Messenger – it is my primary texting/messaging app on my phone. Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater.

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