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Late last week, social media giant Facebook announced it had updated its Messenger logo. And although the change was warmly welcomed by most social media users others less than convinced – and some have hit out at the new colour scheme.
The Messenger app’ logo has undergone a startling purple-palleted facelift.
Our new logo reflects a shift to the future of messaging, a more dynamic, fun, and integrated way to stay connected to the people you’re close to
Eagle-eyed users were quick to point out how the new hues reflected that of Instagram.
This led some to question why Facebook altered the Messenger app to purple
However, the Mark Zuckerberg-led company has revealed all about the new update in a statement.
Facebook said the change is part of a grand strategy reflecting how way people keep in contact via the Messenger app.
In their October 13 statement, Facebook wrote: “Today, Messenger gets a new look to mark our continued evolution from a simple way to message your Facebook friends, to a place to hang out with your favourite people, on your favourite apps and devices.
“Our new logo reflects a shift to the future of messaging, a more dynamic, fun, and integrated way to stay connected to the people you’re close to.”
Facebook added how they “hope you like it as much as we do”.
How did users react to the new purple Messenger logo?
It is safe to say reactions to the change were far from unanimous, judging from reactions on social media.
One user was welcoming, writing: “What the bisexuality is going on with Facebook messenger? I’ve gone purple! I love it.”
Another wrote: “I love the new purple colour scheme for FB Messenger. Purple everywhere!”
Others saw the funny side of the change, with one writing: “Is Facebook messenger turning purple of am I starting to have an eye problem?”
Another user added: “For reasons I am not clear on, Messenger has decided – with no input from me – to turn everything purple.
“I approve of this and invite other apps to spontaneously change colour to purple as well.”
A third commented: “Thought I’d dropped my phone one too many times but no Messenger is just purple now.”
However, it seems not everyone was happy with change.
One user wrote: “I’ve LITERALLY just colour-organised the app icons in my phone and FB messenger just HAD to change the icon from blue to that weird purple and ruin everything.”
The Messenger features will most likely have already been automatically added for most users, but Instagram users will have to opt-in.
It may take a couple more days for Instagram users to receive the new features.
Facebook bought Instagram in 2012 for $1billion (£777,000), and the social media giant later bought WhatsApp for $19billion (£1,400,000).
Facebook eventually intends to merge all three services and provide an end-to-end encrypted service.
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