Facebook has owned Instagram since 2012 and has since been engaged in fast-current shipping to exchange functions between the platforms. However, copying is different from sharing, which is what the company is now opting for. Chats from Instagram and Messenger are merged.
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Messenger and Instagram
Facebook’s chat infrastructure is quite special: after all, the company has three separate applications that offer the same functions in principle. WhatsApp is the best-known app, followed by Messenger and Instagram Direct Messages. The ambition of Mark Zuckerburg, CEO of Facebook, is to make these apps interoperable in the long term. In other words, messages can be sent to Messenger from WhatsApp and vice versa.
Facebook took the first steps for this, according to reports from The Verge, on Friday evening. Some users see a pop-up via Instagram with the text ‘there is a new way to send messages via Instagram‘. The bullet points below this text state that you can chat ‘with friends on Facebook’ via Instagram. Furthermore, the conversations would look more colorful after the update of the Instagram app for Android and iOS.
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Users can then press the ‘Update’ button to enable the feature. Afterward, the app is immediately provided with the updated version of Direct Messages. What is striking is that Instagram is exchanging the Direct Message logo for Facebook’s Messenger logo. Not updating Instagram will prevent you from receiving the new features in the short term, although you may receive message requests from Facebook users.
While the feature suggests it’s possible to “ chat with Messenger users, ” it doesn’t seem to be possible yet. In the future, this functionality will become functional and Zuckerburg‘s goal has thus been partially achieved. Currently, there are no indications for the integration of Messenger into WhatsApp. Once upgrades are complete, end-to-end encryption would be used to secure messages.
The absence of end-to-end encryption for Instagram and Messenger may prevent the move to WhatsApp, a service that does use this security method. In any case, it seems that Mark Zuckerburg is serious about his plans to create unity within Facebook. For this feature to work, it is obviously required to link your Instagram and Facebook accounts together. What do you think of the new position? Let us know in the comments at the bottom of the article.