Facebook Messenger, Instagram Messenger now Integrated
Social media giant Facebook has now integrated its messenger platform with Instagram’s direct messenger.
The move comes as the company looks to potentially integrate its entire family of apps, which includes Facebook, Instagram, and Whatapp.
“More than a billion people already use Messenger as a place to share, hang out and express themselves with family and friends,” Facebook said in a press release. “That’s why we’re connecting the Messenger and Instagram experience to bring some of the best Messenger features to Instagram – so you have access to the best messaging experience, no matter which app you use.”
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg previously alluded to plans for his social media companies, where private encrypted chats take precedent over more publicly visible posts.
“I believe the future of communication will increasingly shift to private, encrypted services where people can be confident what they say to each other stays secure, and their messages and content won’t stick around forever,” Zuckerberg said last March.
WhatsApp is already a privately encrypted messaging tool popular worldwide. However, the idea of Facebook controlling private messaging for millions of users could be hard to swallow for regulators and consumers, especially if Facebook can’t prove its keeping user information confidential.
In its press release, Facebook addresses privacy and safety concerns. As part of the new update, it claims that users can control whether message requests become part of the active chats list, a message requests folder, or received at all.
Users may also report suspicious activity and block someone across both apps.
Other features include:
- Communicate Across Apps: Seamlessly connect with friends and family across Instagram and Messenger using either app to send messages and join video calls.
- Watch Together: Enjoy watching videos on Facebook Watch, IGTV, Reels (coming soon!), TV shows, movies, and more with friends and family during a video call.
- Vanish Mode: Choose a mode where seen messages disappear after they’re seen or when you close the chat.
- Selfie Stickers: Create a series of boomerang stickers with your selfie to use in conversation.
- Chat Colors: Personalize your chats with fun color gradients.
- Custom Emoji Reactions: Create a shortcut of your favorite emojis to react quickly to messages from friends.
- Forwarding: Easily share great content with up to five friends or groups.
- Replies: Respond directly to a specific message in your chat and keep the conversation flowing.
- Animated Message Effects: Add visual flair to your message with animated send effects.
- Message Controls: Decide who can message you directly, and who can’t message you at all.
- Enhanced Reporting and Blocking Updates: Now you can report full conversations in addition to single messages on Instagram, and receive proactive blocking suggestions across Instagram and Messenger when you add your accounts in the new Accounts Center.
Still, antitrust remains a concern, as Facebook, with its subsidiary companies, owns a significant portion of social media. Its plans to integrate them could face even more pushback from regulators. According to The Verge, Facebook is currently under antitrust investigations in both the U.S. and European Union.