Facebook Messenger gets autoplay video ads and there's nothing you can do about it (UPDATE)

Facebook Messenger gets autoplay video ads and there's nothing you can do about it (UPDATE)
UPDATE: We've been approached by Facebook's reps who said they are rolling out the video ads very gradually to a very small percentage of people. We also have an official statement concerning this change: 

Each year Facebook is becoming more aggressive when it comes to monetization of its services, so today's announcement that Messenger will display autoplay video ads inside people's chat windows doesn't really come as a surprise.

In a statement for Recode, Stefan Lukakos, Facebook's ad business guru believes that people will get used to these video ads playing in their conversation windows next to their private messages. However, he claims Facebook's priority is user experience, so things might change if they notice people aren't happy about the change.

Apparently, video ads are being rolled out to a very small percentage of Messenger users since Monday, so chances are that not many will see these ads in their conversation windows unless Facebook receives positive feedback (or none at all).

source: Recode



16. whatev

Posts: 2459; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Of course there’s something we can do: uninstall it

15. warrenellis93

Posts: 566; Member since: Jul 21, 2011


14. Akraw

Posts: 70; Member since: Apr 02, 2012

To do something first i have to install the App

13. geordie8t1

Posts: 344; Member since: Nov 16, 2015

is facebook messenger still a thing? i use facebook all the time, but rarely use messenger for years, whatsapp is my go to social media chat service

12. svknet

Posts: 33; Member since: Mar 13, 2017

Deleting Messenger app is solution if FB not willing to learn the lesson.

11. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Or you can stop updating it? It's quite easy download older version on iOS and keep it forever and I'm talking about downloading from AS, not some shady website

5. iluvsonynokia

Posts: 161; Member since: Aug 27, 2013

i dont use messenger

4. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

I use WhatsApp pretty much 300 out of 365 days annually. And I really just open Messenger see if I missed some messages from relatives lol

3. Foxgabanna unregistered

Well time to get back to good old texting or have everyone switch to WhatsApp. That’s what the rest of the world uses anyway.

6. middlehead

Posts: 486; Member since: May 12, 2014

Facebook owns WhatsApp. You need to get people to switch to Telegram, or Signal, or Viber.

7. RevolutionA

Posts: 529; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

What are all these nasty names. I heard of messenger. I don't think anyone uses all these garbage available on app store.

1. GREATexpectations

Posts: 16; Member since: Jun 20, 2017

"there's nothing you can do about it" Well you can always delete the app... :-)

2. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1354; Member since: Aug 31, 2016


8. Zylam

Posts: 1826; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

Not really, if everyone that matters to you is on there, you have no choice. Yea and of course why don't you just tell them all to move to Hangouts! Yea the real world doesn't work like that, regular people use their phones for what they are required and move on with life. Everyone here that argues about Android vs iOS live in a bubble.

9. ijuanp03

Posts: 712; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Then everyone to you will find a way to contact you. If not, then you don't matter to them.,

10. gotoAndDie

Posts: 82; Member since: Jun 13, 2015

You can also move to other apps, like Disa, or Facebook Lite, that support messaging on Facebook without the app

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