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Facebook Messenger

Facebook is removing the chat features from its app over the next few days, and will be requiring that you use a standalone chat app.

Given that that’s the case, I suggest switching to ChatSecure. It will connect to Facebook’s chat servers, but unlike their Facebook Messenger app it will optionally encrypt all chat with other ChatSecure users. It’s free and open source.

You still get emoji support, can send pictures, and so on. It’s also interoperable with encryption in desktop-based chat clients including Pidgin and Adium. And of course, you can use it to chat with people who use Facebook Messenger.

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