As per the speculations, this new step taken by Facebook will give a good competition to another messaging app, WhatsApp, as it also doesn't ask its user for any social media account for usage, the Daily Star reported.

Interestingly, WhatApp is owned by Facebook and both the messaging app have almost similar features of sending photos, videos, group chats, voice and video calling and stickers.

The new non Facebook option is currently available only in the US and Canada, but soon it is expected to head for other countries including India.

Facebook also launched its Lite app for Android users in India. The app is designed to provide the social network's core experience reliably on spotty and slow mobile connections.

The app was in testing since January and was soft-launched earlier this month in selected countries. Facebook says that over 2G network, its Lite app is quicker than its main mobile app because its servers take on the burden of optimizing content.