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Facebook Messenger simplifies design for its 1.3 billion users

Facebook messenger iPhone screen interface.
New Facebook Messenger interface. Photo: Facebook

Facebook will minimize the clutter of its Messenger interface by reducing the number of tabs from 9 to 3, the company announced. Features currently accessed via tabs will still be available in the app, but less prominent on screen.

Why it matters: Per Axios' Sara Fischer, Facebook is reversing Messenger's tab overload in part because it needs to make room for the roll-out of ads in the messaging app, which has 1.3 billion users worldwide.