I don’t use either (both? – it?) but am curious at the distinction between :

Facebook chat is the instant chat messaging system by Facebook.

and :

The instant messaging service, once "Facebook Chat", that includes transfer of audio and video content. It is distinct from the main Facebook app, for which there are several tags, including with which this should not be confused.

Is it really only whether or not on a hand-held device and if so is that made clear enough (if necessary)?

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I don't think there is a distinction. I think the former should be a synonym of the latter.

Let's not forget about . The tag wiki tries to make a distinction, but it's obviously not very clear.


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