Facebook messenger cross-app for group chats with Instagram friends

Facebook Messenger announced new feature on the messaging capability between Messenger and , will allow users to start group chats with Instagram and Messenger friends.

Sateesh Kumar Srinivasan, director of product management for Messenger, said in a statement that people can still use delivery control to determine who goes in their “Chats List,” who goes to the “Message Request” folder, and who can’t message or call you.

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Additionally, users can now create polls in Instagram DMs, just like in Messenger. And in the group chats, users will be able to see when their friends are typing at the same time either in the Messenger app or in Instagram. The “Watch Together” feature from Messenger will now extend to Instagram posts like Reels and IGTV videos. New chat themes like “cottagecore” and “astrology” have been added as well.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg intended to integrate the messaging services between WhatsApp, Facebook, and Instagram, which will unify the underlying technical infrastructure between the different apps. The goal is to also have end-to-end encryption in effect across all of these different messaging platforms, meaning that only the sender and receiver could see the content shared via messages, which is a boost for privacy considerations.

Furthermore, Zuckerberg recently announced that WhatsApp will encrypt message backups in the cloud, closing a loophole that could expose people’s private chats.

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