Facbook has now merged its messaging services with Instagram. You can now text your contacts in Messenger and Instagram from any of the apps.
Using either app, you can send messages or have video calls with your contacts. The company is also bringing up some cool new features where you can watch videos from Facebook Watch and IGTV with Reels. This will be added soon.
Ambiguous regarding roll-back to previous features
The company said in a blog post that Instagram cannot experience this feature right now.
“More than a billion people already use Messenger as a place to share, hang out, and express themselves with family and friends. That is why we are 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. People on Instagram can decide whether to update immediately to this new experience.”
But it is slightly unclear if it is mandatory to roll into this feature. We do not know if we can opt out of this integration in the future.
The data-sharing and privacy matters of Facebook is a concern
It is no surprise that Facebook has been facing some privacy issues lately. The company stated that it will gather the information from Messenger and Instagram to “primarily to provide the service, improve the product experience, and keep people safe and secure.”
Moreover, the messages of both Instagram and Messenger are not end-to-end encrypted by default. Now, that is a point to be duly noted.
Also, you have the ability to control who can message you. You can decide which messages will go into the request folder. And you can also choose if you wish to keep certain set of people from texting you.
Here, blocking accounts is a bit more complicated. The block will apply to only that particular platform.
You should add your IG and FB accounts to the account center to see the users that you have blocked on both the platforms.
You can avail many other cool aspects
On the other hand, the company is also unveiling some cool and amazing features. You get the “Vanish Mode” for vanishing messages, Boomerang-like “Selfie-Stickers”. Also, you are eligible for personalized emoji reactions, themes, and chat threads.
Currently, these features shall be available only for a few countries. It will soon come out completely into the global market.