Instagram and Facebook Messenger Chats Begin to Merge with New Update

In the world of social media, things can change at the drop of a hat. Any user could likely cite recent changes to their preferred social media platform, as updates release frequently and at times, even daily.

On Friday, The Verge reported a new update that allows users to cross-message between Facebook Messenger and Instagram.

Facebook has already announced that it plans to merge Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp in order to allow cross-messaging between the platforms. The social media has owned Instagram since 2012 and WhatsApp since 2014, and updates over the years have gradually integrated Facebook with the two other platforms.

Facebook’s messaging app merger seems like an attempt to compete directly with iMessage, and it will also include end-to-end encryption, according to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

The announcement led Twitter users to begin to speculate as to what other changes may come to the integrated platforms in the future. While Facebook hasn’t chosen to fully merge platforms with Instagram since its purchase in 2012, more features are likely to be shared among the two apps as well as WhatsApp with the merging of Instagram and Facebook Messenger.

Whatever the future of messaging apps holds, it’s clear that Facebook has long-term goals in maintaining its position in the modern world, and to do so, it’ll have to continue to keep up with Apple and other tech giants.