When comparing Wire vs Facebook Messenger, the Slant community recommends Wire for most people. In the question“What are the best Skype alternatives?” Wire is ranked 2nd while Facebook Messenger is ranked 30th.
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Pro Libre/open source
Pro End-to-end encryption
Pro Clean, modern interface
Pro Swiss legislation
Registered in Switzerland.
Pro Completely free for private use
Check out their pricing. It cannot be cheaper for secure private communication.
Pro Intuitive user interface
Wire's user interface is quite intuitive to use, still it has everything required for a complete experience. Settings are very clean and allows you to turn on/off some features which might be disturbing for some, like link previews and emoji conversion.
Pro Chat head for quick access
Only for android platform though!
Con End-to-end encryption only in "Secret" conversations
If you want e2e encryption, you need to start a secret conversation.
Con Not very customizable
With so many features in one app, it's very possible you might not be a fan of at least one of them. Too bad you can't disable anything in settings.
Con Cluttered user interface
Messenger has so many features accessible from one page that it is often difficult to find what you're looking for.