Group chats on Messenger and Instagram are here
On Thursday, Facebook Messenger announced a slew of new products and services, including the ability to host cross-app group chats between their platform and Instagram.
This feature extends the cross-app messaging capability between Messenger and Instagram that Facebook introduced last year on this date, 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 the delivery check to determine who goes in their “Discussion List”, which goes in the “Message Request” folder. , and who can’t message or call you.
Additionally, users can now create polls in Instagram DMs just like in Messenger. And in group chats, users will be able to see when their friends are typing at the same time, either in the Messenger app or on Instagram. Messenger’s “Watch Together” functionality will now extend to Instagram posts such as Reels and IGTV videos. New discussion topics such as “cottagecore” and “astrology” have also been added.
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We had known for some time that such changes were coming. Back in 2019, The New York Times reported that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg intends to integrate messaging services between WhatsApp, Facebook and Instagram, which will unify the underlying technical infrastructure between different apps. The goal is to have end-to-end encryption on all of these different messaging platforms as well, which means that only the sender and recipient could see the content shared through the messages, which is a plus for confidentiality considerations. Additionally, Zuckerberg recently announced that WhatsApp will encrypt message backups in the cloud, closing a loophole that could expose users’ private chats.
“I think the future of communication will shift more and more to private, encrypted services where people can be sure that what they say to themselves stays secure and that their messages and content won’t stay forever,” he said. Zuckerberg wrote in a 2019 blog post on Facebook. . “We plan to build this the way we developed WhatsApp: focusing on the most basic and private use case – messaging – making it as secure as possible, then creating more ways for people to use it. ‘interact on top of that, including calls, video chats, groups, stories, businesses, payments, commerce, and ultimately a platform for many other types of private services.
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The new announcements follow two federal investigations into Facebook’s practices, including a call to testify at a congressional hearing on Instagram’s impact on children and teens, and a Federal Trade Commission lawsuit calling for Facebook to be disbanded because it is essentially a monopoly. The FTC filed an amended lawsuit against Facebook in August, and said in a statement that “to further cloud its monopoly, Facebook has lured app developers to the platform, watched them for signs of success, then buried them when they became competitive. threats. “
According to TechCrunch, Facebook’s intention behind these new changes could be to weave individual products under the Facebook umbrella in such a way that they “increasingly rely on each other,” which allows the ‘business to’ argue more easily that these applications depend on each other and cannot be separated.