WATCH: Why Facebook Now Requires Messenger App For Chat

CNET Update – Why Facebook is requiring Messenger for The social network finds a new way to annoy the world: force users to download a second app for private messages. CNET's Bridget Carey explains the latest Facebook headache. Also: how you can check if a site is safe from the dangerous Heartbleed bug.2014-04-10T19:53:11Z

Confused about why Facebook wants you to download two different apps to use their service? The video above explains it all.

In the coming weeks, Facebook will remove the ability to send private messages out of the main Facebook app. That functionality will be the sole domain of the Facebook Messenger app. CNET argues that Facebook is making this change in order to get more people using Messenger, which in turn will make Messenger a stronger competitor against apps like Snapchat or Wickr.

The New York Times notes:

“The first places forced to make the switch are Britain, France and the Scandinavian countries. But the rest of the world, including the United States, will eventually follow. (Anyone can make the switch now by downloading the Messenger app from the Apple or Android app stores.)

The company says the two-app requirement…will actually improve the Facebook experience on mobile phones.”

Also featured in the CNET video above: how to determine whether a website is still suffering from Heartbleed.

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