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Why separate messenger app makes sense for Facebook

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Tech Yeah! Facebook users forced to download separate messenger app

Some Facebook users may be unhappy that they'll soon be required to use a separate messaging app to access the service on mobile devices, but this could be a smart strategy for the social network.

Facebook needs to be ready for the time when users abandon desktops and access the site only by mobile devices, so expanding its smartphone and tablet offerings makes sense, said John Simons, Associated Press technology and media editor.

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