Facebook’s Messenger app to remove Discover tab and unlink with chatbots in its new design

The all-new design, as well as look, is ready for the Facebook Messenger app, and soon it will be on a rollout, with a new interface. In its unique design, Facebook has discarded the Discover tab and also demotes chatbots to catch user attention to the simplicity of the app and not on other sections such as shopping and brands.

Three years ago, when chatbots were introduced in the Messenger app, it was central to the app’s strategy. But now, Facebook, along with games and businesses, is removing other stuff from the app to make it more simple and provide a better user experience.

As per TechCrunch, in the new design, there will be a People section where you will be shown large squares featuring your friends on Facebook, who were recently active on Facebook or updated any stories. Next to the Stories tab, there will be an ‘Active sub-tab’ that will feature the names of online friends.

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Moreover, the new Messenger app is completely redesigned with a new and fresh People tab that now defaults to a full screen when you watch your friend’s stories.

The most used Discover tab is being removed from the app. A Facebook spokesperson confirms that the removal of the Discover tab will help users engage in conversing with friends and family rather than doing spooky things like exploring chatbots and playing games.

“Facebook Messenger is now removing the Discover tab as it focuses on speed and simplicity instead of broad utility like China’s WeChat,” according to reports by Tech Crunch.

A spokesperson from Facebook also confirmed that “chatbots, businesses, and games are being hidden, but not completely banished from Messenger. They’ll still be accessible if users purposefully seek them through the Messenger search bar, Pages and ads on Facebook, buttons to start conversations on businesses’ websites, and m.me URL that create QR codes which open to business accounts in Messenger.”


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