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I rarely use Facebook Messenger. But I am often given red Messenger badge "unread message" notifications for friendship anniversaries.

unread friendversary

The notification causes a red Messenger badge, which is very annoying as you think you are getting a real message. If you are using a mobile app, you also cannot clear the red Messenger badge without installing the separate Facebook Messenger app.

The title of these messages is:

You and FRIEND_NAME are celebrating X years of friendship on Facebook

Opening the message in your inbox displays the message:

Happy Friendversary with FRIEND_NAME

You became friends on Facebook X years ago.

See Friendship


Happy Friendversary


This notification is not a "Facebook Memories" feature, nor a Friendversary Video. It is not in the Timeline. It seems to be a "growth hack" designed to drive usage of Facebook Messenger.

How do I prevent these Friendversary messages from showing up in my inbox and causing the Messenger badge to turn red due to unread messages?

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