Facebook Messenger


Type of Resource


Publication Date

June 22, 2023


Social Media and Apps 

Messenger is a free encrypted, instant messaging app owned by Meta. Messenger lets users add short videos, voice messages and GIFs to instant messages. Users can send messages to individual people or in group chats, with similar features to WhatsApp.

Messenger sees over 1 billion messages sent every month.

Age Restrictions

Users must have a Facebook account in order to use Messenger. Facebook requires users to be 13 or older to have an account.

Core Functions

The functions included as part of Messenger are similar to many other chat apps:


Safety Settings

Top Tips

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