Last year, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had announced his plans to integrate the world’s three largest social messaging networks — WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook Messenger — into a single messaging platform to allow cross-platform chat with support for end-to-end encryption.
Now, a new report from The Verge indicates that Facebook has reportedly started merging Instagram and Messenger chats.
The update has been spotted on both iOS and Android devices and has started rolling out for several users, starting with the U.S.
The update screen popped on Instagram’s mobile app informs users to join their accounts with Facebook Messenger.
The message reads: “There’s a New Way to Message on Instagram” with a list of features including a “new colorful look for your chats,” more emoji reactions, swipe-to-reply, and the big one: “chat with friends who use Facebook.”
The report further mentions, “Once you hit the update, the regular DM icon in the top right of Instagram is replaced by the Facebook Messenger logo.”
According to Instagram, the option to merge with Facebook Messenger is optional for now and users can choose to decline it.
However, The Verge states that currently, it’s still not possible to message Facebook users from Instagram even if you update the account.
Keep watching this space for more updates, as this is a developing story!
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