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Instagram now offers cross-app messaging and calling with Messenger.
The plan to merge the two services was first announced by parent-company Facebook in early 2019, with today’s official announcement coming after a trial period that started in mid-August, 2020.
It means that users of Instagram and Messenger will be able to exchange direct messages, photos, and videos with friends and family without hopping in and out of different apps, or downloading new ones.
The change is currently being rolled out on Instagram and Messenger in a number of countries around the world, with a global expansion coming soon.
The social networking giant also intends to merge the messaging services of another of its acquisitions, WhatsApp, in the near future, and add secure end-to-end encryption between all three.
“People are communicating in private spaces now more than ever,” Facebook wrote in a post announcing the update. “More than a billion people
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Facebook (FB) – Get Report said on Wednesday that it would incorporate its Messenger service with Instagram’s direct messages, enabling the apps’ users to directly communicate with each other through calls and chats.
Users can also control where and whether they receive messages and calls — in their chats or message requests, or not at all according to the company’s privacy control policies, the Menlo Park, Calif., social-media giant said in a statement.
With the new update, Facebook is changing how users can control their privacy, including tools that will enable them to report suspicious activity.
Facebook said it would first integrate those features on Instagram and Messenger in a few countries and then expand globally.
With the update, users can stay connected with their friends and family without deciding which app to use to communicate. Instagram users can decide if they want to update to the new
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Sept. 30 (UPI) — Facebook said Wednesday it has combined Instagram with Facebook Messenger in the latest step to integrate the two platforms.
Messenger replaced Instagram’s old messaging service, Instagram Direct, a move that will allow users to send chat messages, and share photos and videos between the two platforms. It’s part of Facebook’s bigger plans that would include the incorporation of WhatsApp into Facebook as well.
“More than a billion people already use Messenger as a place to share, hang out and express themselves with family and friends,” Adam Mosseri, head of Instagram, and Stan Chudnovsky, head of Messenger, said in a statement. “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 said users will be able to communicate across apps seamlessly,
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By Katie Paul
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc said on Wednesday it would start replacing the direct messaging service within Instagram with a version of its Messenger app, the first major step in its plan to tie together messaging across its suite of apps.
The move enables users of each service to find, message and hold video calls with contacts on the other without needing to download both apps.
It also introduces features like custom emojis and themes that have been mainstays on Messenger but were not previously available in Instagram’s minimalist messaging product, along with new features like disappearing messages.
If users accept the update, the messaging icon in Instagram will change to the Messenger logo. As on Messenger, Instagram users – who have not been able to forward messages – will be able to do so to a maximum of five people at a time.