Facebook drops Google Chrome recommendation

It is beginning to look like Facebook’s management are changing their recommendations towards certain browsers. As of today, Facebook’s “unsupported web browsers” page has removed Google’s web browser, Chrome, and replaced it with Opera.

The choice Facebook has made regarding supporting Opera may not be as farfetched as you may think due to the Social Network’s rumored plans to acquire Opera. This recent change in browser recommendations definitely emphasises on some form of Facebook to Opera relation, so the rumour behind the acquisition could be true.

Regardless of whether Chrome is recommended or not, the website should work – Safari isn't recommended either and that handles the social network fine. Some of the staff on Neowin are using Chrome for browsing Facebook without any problems, and if it’s really a problem to find and use a browser that isn't Chrome, we’d recommend RockMelt (built from the Chrome source) because of the huge amount of social integrated applications incorporated within the browser.

Editor's Update: Made the correction that Facebook still actually supports Chrome but it recommends that you use a browser that is either IE, Firefox or Opera.

Source: Favbrowser | Thanks for the tip, FoxieFoxie!

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I understand that Facebook wouldn't want to advertise their competitor's products. Makes perfect sense. You don't see Microsoft showcasing Chrome to people either (except in the EU where the government forces them to). The real question is regarding this rumor of Facebook buying Opera. What's the benefit of Facebook having their own web browser?

Chrome is a product that makes sense for Google. Its purpose is to get more people to use Google services and thus see more Google ads. Google uses their popular web services like Search, Gmail, and YouTube to advertise Chrome, which I'm sure is one of the reasons Chrome usage has skyrocketed so quickly. Chrome was also a move against Bing, which remains the default search in Internet Explorer. From that perspective I'd say the Chrome strategy has been a success. Had there been no Chrome, IE would likely still have >70% Windows browser market share, thus more people might have started using Bing. Good move, Google.

But what's in it for Facebook if they bought Opera? Would Opera users be more likely to visit Facebook than users of other browsers? Would it offer "Facebook integration" and is there any indication people want this in a browser? Further, would anyone switch? Facebook could of course use their popular site to advertise their browser much like Google does, but Facebook has far, far fewer users than the aggregate users of all Google services, so ads would be less effective. Also, there was more behind Chrome's success than just effective advertising. Chrome was and remains a better, faster, more streamlined browser than the competition. What could a Facebook browser possibly offer to entice users to defect? I don't buy these rumors.

Hope google chrome develop their own proxy settings like those three browsers do. Using IE's proxy settings is cheap.

Strange. I've never had trouble with Facebook on Chrome. I get why they're adding Opera, but not why they're removing Chrome.

So Facebook has decided that Google is a direct competitor and will no longer recommend their browser, yet they're happy to recommend Internet Explorer? This is exactly why I hate big business. Chrome is a superior browser to IE and to recommend otherwise to users is disingenuous, verging on malicious.

That said, Firefox and Opera are both decent browsers - easily better than IE - though Chrome still edges them out in most areas.

theyarecomingforyou said,
So Facebook has decided that Google is a direct competitor and will no longer recommend their browser, yet they're happy to recommend Internet Explorer? This is exactly why I hate big business. Chrome is a superior browser to IE and to recommend otherwise to users is disingenuous, verging on malicious.

That said, Firefox and Opera are both decent browsers - easily better than IE - though Chrome still edges them out in most areas.

Lol. In your opinion. It may be hard to believe, but there are people that do prefer IE and are quite content with it. Sorry if we don't agree with you, but I think you should at least be respectful that people will have different opinions. IE is a decent browser as well...

How convenient, the moment Firefox fixed their freezing issues on my machine, was the moment I switched back to Firefox. Chrome is nice, but it's pretty buggy in some websites. Although I have a feeling that there are ulterior motives to this switch, example, buying out Opera.

Reading the comments, you really realize what's wrong with people today because they don't even bother reading the article before posting something. Sigh.

...I bet since they've lost so many BILLIONS in valuation in the last two weeks they all came together and thought up this idea, "Hey! How can we get our stock price to go back up?" - "Drop Chrome as an officially supported browser".....

of course - they don't "officially" support Safari either....

Chrome either already is, or is close to being the second most used browser in the world. It strikes me as being incredibly odd that Facebook are refusing to tell users that one of the most popular browsers in the world will work on their site. I think there's more to this than the acquisition of Opera, I have a distinct feeling they're trying to 1up Google for some reason.

They recommend we use Internet Explorer? Well, they should update the "History by year" section, in the About view, to render properly in Internet Explorer, then.

I wonder what the f just happened here. I love Opera, indeed been my main browser since 9.6, but developing for it it's a pain in the ass, at least in the JavaScript realm.

Chrome kind of interprets the same way as IE and Firefox, so I don't see the reason of not being recommended.

Jose_49 said,
I wonder what the f just happened here. I love Opera, indeed been my main browser since 9.6, but developing for it it's a pain in the ass, at least in the JavaScript realm.

Chrome kind of interprets the same way as IE and Firefox, so I don't see the reason of not being recommended.


Due to their competition with Google, they would probably rather not promote Google products, especially those products that could integrate Google+ more in the future.

Jose_49 said,
I wonder what the f just happened here. I love Opera, indeed been my main browser since 9.6, but developing for it it's a pain in the ass, at least in the JavaScript realm.

Chrome kind of interprets the same way as IE and Firefox, so I don't see the reason of not being recommended.

Why is it a pain? I know for a while opera didn't support the latest ecmascript, but I believe they recently added support for that... And its a pretty standards complaint browser in general.

Chrome is fast but it's problematic. These day no one browser does it all perfectly it seems. I still prefer IE/FF depending on what I'm doing.

I just thought i'd check out firefox again after not using it since about v3.5 and I must say it really is a lot smoother than when I was using Chrome. When using Chrome and scrolling a site with flash content it would seem to lag, doesn't seem to happen on Firefox for me. (using Mac OS X)

As of today, Facebook's “unsupported web browsers” page has removed the Google's web browser and replaced it with Opera.

This could've been worded much better.

Facebook still supports Chrome, but they just don't show it as a suggested browser anymore. Either the author doesn't understand that or this is just another Neowin article where the truth is exaggerated. Quality control please.

Dropping support for one of the most widely used browsers? That's a smart move!

Probably explains why Facebook doesn't load half the time. I'm seriously getting fed up with them. Support a user's choice of browser. If you want to acquire Opera be my guest, but don't intentionally screw over a browser that's giving your site a large portion of the views it gets on desktop operating systems.

BoneyardBrew said,
Dropping support for one of the most widely used browsers? That's a smart move!

Probably explains why Facebook doesn't load half the time. I'm seriously getting fed up with them. Support a user's choice of browser. If you want to acquire Opera be my guest, but don't intentionally screw over a browser that's giving your site a large portion of the views it gets on desktop operating systems.

You should read more than the title for eternal enlightenment.

bogas04 said,

You should read more than the title for eternal enlightenment.


For your information I did.

Apparently the article has been updated to reflect the fact that they still support Chrome, but just don't recommend it. I guess it has nothing to do with the browser but just their horribly slow servers/website instead.

Hold on,

nowhere does the page say that Facebook dropped support for Chrome. They just don't recommend it anymore in case someone accesses the site with an unsupported browser (which Chrome isn't as I don't get any error message stating the contrary). This is a huge difference. And more importantly for Opera users is that they are now officially supported by Facebook.

But don't let me get between you and your obvious click bait, Neowin.

I SO SO SO LOVE IT! :DDDDDDDD DIE DIE DIE CHROME!

On a sidenote , neither Chrome nor Opera render Facebook that well. Wait , Opera never loads stuff nicely until I mask it as Firefox (which is sad for Opera people) , but Chrome itself has some problems , sometimes. Anyways would like to see how Facebook's purchase will improve Presto's position. I hope soon there will be no need of masking it and fiddling with its UA.

ROCK ON, Go Facebook. I hate Chrome and pray everynight for its death. Of all the computers I have to repair, it is amazing how many of them start with Chrome.

Biggest Problem is it filling up HDD with its constant updates. I finnaly had to Make Active Directory Policies to deny the app and install from working.

MikadoWU said,
ROCK ON, Go Facebook. I hate Chrome and pray everynight for its death. Of all the computers I have to repair, it is amazing how many of them start with Chrome.

Biggest Problem is it filling up HDD with its constant updates. I finnaly had to Make Active Directory Policies to deny the app and install from working.

I see , your enemy is my enemy too Let's conspire together "muhahahehehhhehhah?" (Raj's laughter from BBT)

Personally I have been getting fed up with Chrome in the past months, not sure if its me or chrome but lack of performance.

I do think more people need to give Opera a chance. I don't use it, but it is a great browser with a very good engine. Chrome on the other hand is starting to decline in quality if you ask me.

Nashy said,
Why would they drop Chrome....
Maybe they're angry at Google for trying to crush them... Just as Apple is slowly removing Google from their products (it's happening, trust me).

Majesticmerc said,

Explain?


Indeed. Webkit is a very solid engine. From my point of view, Opera is far way more horrible to design for than Chrome or Safari (And Opera is my favorite browser)

Sly_Ripper said,

In terms of actually rendering websites, it's becoming the next IE

I might consider switching to Chrome if that was true and if wasn't a trojan.

I've had problems with Chrome on fb, on my pc and my grans. It just freezes for some reason, probably not a bug hopefully not the reason they dropped support.

Gaffney said,
I've had problems with Chrome on fb, on my pc and my grans. It just freezes for some reason, probably not a bug hopefully not the reason they dropped support.

For me, Chrome doesn't load Facebook entirely on my Windows 7 partition - the only thing that loads is the banner and the menu.. I use RockMelt now though.. it's basically a more socially integrated version of Chrome anyway.

I have noticed compatibility with Chrome slipping away though, but I have a little more faith that the RockMelt team will keep trying to work on the browser to make it compatible with Facebook.. a lot of the browser relies on that.

If you have any extensions in Chrome try disabling them. Once I've seen an extension that affected how the Facebook page looked; basically it added a ton of ads - every two posts, on the sides, etc. You could have something similar.

Zeikku said,

For me, Chrome doesn't load Facebook entirely on my Windows 7 partition - the only thing that loads is the banner and the menu.. I use RockMelt now though.. it's basically a more socially integrated version of Chrome anyway.

I have noticed compatibility with Chrome slipping away though, but I have a little more faith that the RockMelt team will keep trying to work on the browser to make it compatible with Facebook.. a lot of the browser relies on that.

Jarrichvdv said,

Tell that to the 900 million (active?) users.

900 million active users? Are you sure? I guess I'm included as an active user as I log in about once a month.

Jeex said,

900 million active users? Are you sure? I guess I'm included as an active user as I log in about once a month.


Not sure about 900mil but it's in the hundreds of millions. Considering the world population is 6ish billion, that's a considerable %.

Jarrichvdv said,

Tell that to the 900 million (active?) users.

IIRC, Facebook has over 900 million users, but only 450 million are active at any one time.

They haven't dropped support. The way I interpret that page, it's only a suggestion. Also, it doesn't come up unless you visit Facebook with an unsupported browser.

Try it with Google - you will see that you don't get that page at all.

g0dlike said,
Agree. Please fix this over-sensationalistic and misinforming article.

I agree, somewhat a mishap in our quality control and I've fixed it

This is going to raise a few eyebrows. Open web supporters are regulators alike.If they start to deliberately make Chrome have a diminished user experience, they are going to have problems.

Hardcore Til I Die said,
Stop supporting the most popular browser in the world, I'm sure there's no agenda there

But IE is still listed.

Cute James said,

I believe Chrome user numbers surpassed IE recently.

Depends on who's stats and how you want to look at it. Other sources say otherwise.

GP007 said,

Depends on who's stats and how you want to look at it. Other sources say otherwise.


Does it really matter whether it's first or second?

As long as they recommend more than one browser it's obviously agenda when Chrome is working flawlessly with Facebook.

Apart from diehard fans I never see someone recommending Opera for their site when they limit their recommendation to 3 browser mentions.
(That's not to say Opera isn't excellent though!)

GS:mac

If they want to acquire a browser, why the f*uck they don't acquire RockMelt instead and start to promote it? RockMelt is already "the Facebook browser". Why screw Opera?

g0dlike said,
If they want to acquire a browser, why the f*uck they don't acquire RockMelt instead and start to promote it? RockMelt is already "the Facebook browser". Why screw Opera?

You actually failed censoring something if you were intending to censor

g0dlike said,
If they want to acquire a browser, why the f*uck they don't acquire RockMelt instead and start to promote it? RockMelt is already "the Facebook browser". Why screw Opera?

Isn't Rockmelt based on webkit or is it gekko? Either way, buying Opera doesn't only get you the browser but it's own engine/code etc. Facebook like to get stuff like that, if all they wanted was another webkit browser they'd just make another, we've already got enough IMO.

GP007 said,

Isn't Rockmelt based on webkit or is it gekko? Either way, buying Opera doesn't only get you the browser but it's own engine/code etc. Facebook like to get stuff like that, if all they wanted was another webkit browser they'd just make another, we've already got enough IMO.


RockMelt is just a slightly modified version of chromium as far as I can tell.

Ahmed Nefzaoui said,

You actually failed censoring something if you were intending to censor


probably its the opposite i think he was just trying to fool the censor filter

PotatoJ said,
How so? Afaik, Facebook still runs fine on Chrome.

thank god it runs fine, would be a pretty disgusting thing if it woudn't… again: less ADVERTISEMENT for google is a good thing - as in not on the recommend page

Morden said,

thank god it runs fine, would be a pretty disgusting thing if it woudn't… again: less ADVERTISEMENT for google is a good thing - as in not on the recommend page

You sound upset.

Less advertisements for google, more for facebook... yay?! They are both evil equally.

Morden said,

thank god it runs fine, would be a pretty disgusting thing if it woudn't… again: less ADVERTISEMENT for google is a good thing - as in not on the recommend page

The Laughing Man said,

You sound upset.

He is a regular anti Google troll. "Stupidly obstinate" would be the nicest way of describing his opinions.

Ahmed Nefzaoui said,
What GooglePlus will abandon now ? smart move but it's more like Nasi move No offense

what will google+ abandon, let's see... all hope?

The Laughing Man said,
Social network interaction in my web browser, no thanks, Its bad enough its built into my TV.

I see it as an awesome thing . Just log in to Facebook and you can actually log into any site using your Facebook account , it is in fact enforcing Mozilla's SignIntoBrowser concept.

bogas04 said,

I see it as an awesome thing . Just log in to Facebook and you can actually log into any site using your Facebook account , it is in fact enforcing Mozilla's SignIntoBrowser concept.


I see it as the 2nd worst idea in the history of the internet, with the first being censoring/ACTA, etc.

Yeah, I'm not a tinfoil hat kind of guy, but I really wouldn't trust Facebook with being the login to every site I visit. I currently only trust them in domains I want to have data shared between (say, posting from Twitter or Fitocracy to FB).

Raa said,
Wow, that's a brave move, but if the rumors of an Opera buyout are true, it makes sense...


brave more like stupid!

NesTle said,


brave more like stupid!

Why? How is this stupid? You might love Chrome to death but not everyone does, and FB can recommend whatever browser/app they want on their site.

GP007 said,

Why? How is this stupid? You might love Chrome to death but not everyone does, and FB can recommend whatever browser/app they want on their site.

Considering Chrome recently surpassed Internet Explorer's market share, I have to agree with NesTle: quite stupid.

GP007 said,

Why? How is this stupid? You might love Chrome to death but not everyone does, and FB can recommend whatever browser/app they want on their site.


yeah yeah we know... you are Microsoft lover and Google hater.... I have seen you do that in lot of topics. and I am sure the response would have been different if IE was removed from FB

nvllsvm said,

Considering Chrome recently surpassed Internet Explorer's market share, I have to agree with NesTle: quite stupid.


Considering Google is pushing Google+, a competing social network... promoting Google products isn't in Facebook's best interest.

NesTle said,
brave more like stupid!

Agree!

Facebook are slowly digging themselves a big whole. It will be interesting to see how the future of Facebook unfolds over the coming years.

Jarrichvdv said,
LOL

My first impression too, second impression was that it would be fun to see if it's worthy of an anti-trust investigation

And their new timeline stuff (Don't even have an account as i don't want one) was broken on Chrome for me, timelimes overlap at some points, so no, it's not just a question of it not being "officially supported"

Jarrichvdv said,
LOL

Yeah I laughed to when I saw this, mafebme laugh because it seems a bit childish as Chrome is one of the most popular web browsers today and seems to be growing in popularity day by day. That's not fanboyism that's just the damn truth!

Ently said,

Yeah I laughed to when I saw this, mafebme laugh because it seems a bit childish as Chrome is one of the most popular web browsers today and seems to be growing in popularity day by day. That's not fanboyism that's just the damn truth!

heh while I agree with your sentiment the fact is Google is Facebook's biggest competitor. Why would Facebook want to advertise the competition's product?