Meta has confirmed that it plans to ditch its Apple Watch Facebook Messenger app after alerting some users to the fact via a push notification.
While neither Meta nor Facebook has shared a press release or blog post to confirm the fact that the Facebook Messenger Apple Watch app is going away, multiple people have taken to social media to share screenshots of a warning message that they recently received.
Those messages said that the Apple Watch app will no longer be available after May 31.
Having managed to reach Meta for comment on the messages, Reviewgeek was able to get a comment that confirmed the news.
“People can still receive Messenger notifications on their Apple Watch when paired, but starting at the end of May they will no longer be able to respond from their watch. But they can continue using Messenger on their iPhone, desktop and the web,” Meta said via a statement.
NOT HAPPY @Apple @messenger #applewatch #wtf pic.twitter.com/B81aK6EUf3
— Amanda Nova (@M_anda_M) May 9, 2023
It is of course good that people will still receive notifications via their iPhone, but that’s table stakes and through no work of Facebook or Meta’s.
It also isn’t clear why Meta has chosen to remove an app that has been around since 2015, but the ongoing tension between the company and Apple may have played a part. That’s no use to Facebook Messenger users who will no longer be able to reply to messages using their Apple Watch, however.
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