When Facebook decided to remove messaging from its main iOS and Android apps, forcing users to download Messenger, it caused quite a stir. Not least because an article from a radio station, coupled with an older Huffington Post piece, flagged the app’s required permissions as a reason to reject the app entirely. Today, I spotted an alert inside Facebook’s mobile apps with the headline “Messenger: Myths vs. Facts” and follow-up message “see how the app really works.” It was positioned at the top of my News Feed and the green button, coupled with a jovial Bigfoot character, meant I couldn’t miss it….

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