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As it turns out, requiring Facebook’s users to install the company’s Messenger app if they want to talk with their friends on mobile has done wonders for that app’s user numbers. Whodathunkit?

The company revealed today that Facebook Messenger now has 500 million monthly users, an all-time high since the app first launched in 2011. The announcement comes a few months after the company decided that anyone who wants to send a message via Facebook on their mobile devices will have to use Messenger, rather than a built-in messaging service within the Facebook app.

That decision has drawn the ire of many of the social network’s users who don’t like being told what apps they can and can’t use. But it seems that like many of Facebook’s other changes over the years, people may not like Messenger, but they still use it.

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