Facebook is starting to merge the chat systems for Instagram and Facebook Messenger, empowering users on every platform to speak with people on the other, without expecting to switch applications.
On Friday, users of Instagram’s application for iOS started to see a new pop-up advising of a “New Way to Message on Instagram.” The message explains users refreshing to use the feature will have changes made to their messaging system, including another look, the ability to react with any emoji, swiping to answer to messages, and to visit with friends who use Facebook.
Even if users do not agree to update, the notification spotted by The Verge clarifies they will in any case get message requests from Facebook accounts. The notification closes with a connection for clients to study Facebook’s security strategies, and options to update or to delay the change.
Those choosing for update will see the standard direct message symbol of a bolt changed to the Facebook Messenger logo. In spite of the adjustment in symbol, Instagram user are not right now ready to message Facebook user inside the Instagram app, but this is probably going to change as the change as the chat service continues its movement.
Facebook reportedly been planning to merge together the chat systems of Instagram, Messenger, and WhatsApp for quite a while, with the New York Times giving an account of the proposition in January 2019. When finished, the merged service would enable users from one to have the option to speak with those of another directly, pooling the user bases of the three services into one enlarged collective.