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By Nick Brazzi | Friday, August 22, 2014

Facebook Messenger: Understanding Privacy Settings

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Earlier this month, Facebook made a move that sparked lots of controversy on the Internet. That’s a statement that’s been made about many Facebook moves over the years. But this time we’re talking about Facebook Messenger—a handy little smartphone app that gives users access to Facebook messages.

Facebook messages are private, like email or chat messages; they can only be seen by the people involved in, and invited to, the conversation. So messages are very different from public wall posts and status updates.

The Facebook Messenger app has been around for a while. Justin Seeley covered it very well in his Up and Running with Facebook course. What’s changed is that Facebook has made the move to require all users of the Facebook smartphone app to switch to Facebook Messenger to access messages. That means the only way to work with Facebook messages on an iPhone or Android is to install and use the Facebook Messenger app. But that’s only half of the story.

By Justin Seeley | Thursday, November 14, 2013

Facebook updates its Messenger app: what you need to know

What's new in Facebook Messenger 3.0.

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Facebook has just released an update to its standalone messaging app, and the changes are significant. The app has been completely redesigned for both iOS and Android platforms and boasts many aesthetic and functionality changes as well.

Aside from the new look, the biggest change is the ability to message people who aren’t among your Facebook friends. This is contingent on whether you allow the app to access your phone number and/or contacts list; if you allow it, others will be able to message you directly, regardless of whether they are on your list of friends, and you’ll be able to do the same.

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