Facebook has introduced a colour change to the Messenger app – so why is Facebook Messenger purple?

Earlier this week, Facebook announced that it has updated its Messenger logo, a change welcomed by some social media users and not so much by others.

The Messenger app has received a colourful facelift and its new colours reflect those of Instagram.

So why did Facebook change the Messenger app in purple? The Mark Zuckerberg-led company has explained the new update in a statement.

Why is Facebook Messenger purple?

Facebook has said that the change comes as part of a strategy to reflect the way people message and keep in touch via the social media app.

In a statement on October 13th, the tech company announced:

“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 favorite people, on your favorite 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 that they “hope you like it as much as we do”. 

But what do people think about the new colour palette of Messenger?

People react to the Messenger colour change

It’s safe to say that people have mixed reactions about the new colour scheme of the messaging app.

“Messenger’s new colours is giving me a headache,” reacted one person on Twitter.

Another one said: “I hate the new Messenger theme. The icon looks ugly and I don’t want to change the new default purple colour for every conversation that I have. I liked the blue one.”

But it looks like other people have welcomed the change from Facebook and there are some who are fans of the purple colour.

“i love how messenger is purple too now,” said another Twitter user.

Other updates from Facebook

The tech company revealed that they have introduced a series of other features to Messenger, including virtual rooms where people can catch up and watch videos together.

“We recently announced cross-app communication with Instagram which will be rolled out to most users in North America soon,” Facebook added in their statement.

“Messenger also powers conversations within Portal, and soon Oculus, so you can be with your favorite people wherever you are.”

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