With this integration, users will have new features, including new colors for chats, reactions to emojis, swipe reply, and chat with Facebook users.
Early last year, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg set his sights on integrating Messenger, Instagram Direct and WhatsApp into a unified messaging platform. The planned unification should enable the exchange of messages between these services with end-to-end encryption support.
According to The Verge, the social networking site has already begun merging Instagram and Messenger. This could be the first step towards consolidating three separate messaging services into a single platform.
IOS and Android users in the US are reporting that when they open the Instagram app, a new screen pops up informing you of a “new way to post to Instagram.” It is not yet clear whether the screen is shown to everyone or only to a limited number of users.
With this integration, users will have new experiences, including new colors for chats, emoji reactions, swipe reply, and chat with Facebook users. However, for now, Instagram users are unable to post to Facebook.