Facebook, the biggest social media platform begins merging instagram and messenger chats in new update according to The verge. The new feature allows user to access all messages on both apps from the same place. Last year, Facebook announced plans to connect all its messaging products together (Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp).
On August 14th, The Verge reported that on both iOS and Android devices editors noticed an update screen on Instagram mobile app showing the message “There’s a New Way to Message on Instagram” : chat with friends who use Facebook.”
To access the list of new features including a colorful look for your chats, added emoji reactions, swipe-to-reply and chat with friends on Facebook, you update the Instagram app. After update, the regular DM icon on Instagram is replaced by the Facebook messenger logo. However, by the time several editors at The verge updated the app, it was still not possible to message Facebook users from Instagram.
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Check out a tweet by social media director, Jeff Higgins showing messenger logo on Instagram app after update.
ICYMI:— Jeff Higgins – Back At The 🏖 (@ItsJeffHiggins) August 15, 2020
The Instagram and Facebook Messenger integration is rolling out to more users. After you update, the DM icon changes to the Messenger icon. pic.twitter.com/mserML2eIg
The founder and CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, plans to merge all its popular social media messaging platform including messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram chats together. He wants to make it easier for users to use all the messaging apps and make the system to be end-to-end encrypted same way WhatsApp works.
Facebook is still testing the infrastructure to enable users connect and chat using different Facebook apps. According to Facebook, the update is available for a few group of users to experience the new instagram messaging feature and plans to test it in other countries very soon.
The update is optional for users that wants the new features. The new feature gives users not on Facebook another way to connect and chat with family and friends using Facebook.