Facebook launches standalone messaging app for the web

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Facebook rolled out a web browser version of its standalone Messenger app on Wednesday.

Like the Messenger mobile app, the web platform — which can be found at messenger.com— is completely separate from the rest of the site and has the same barebones look. But unlike the mobile app, the social network claims it will not force the new service on its users.

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Facebook caught a lot of flak when it first split its messaging function off into a separate app last fall. Users complained then that the company was strong-arming them into downloading the new app

“Asking folks to install another app is a short term painful thing, but if we wanted to focus on serving this well, we had to build a dedicated and focused experience,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg explained in his defense during a Q&A last fall. Read more…

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