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Facebook begins merging Instagram and Messenger chats in new update

A new update for Instagram appears to suggest that Facebook has started merging chats on the app with its Facebook Messenger service.

Instagram’s mobile app started to update with some with the message “There’s a New Way to Message on Instagram” with a list of features including a “new colorful look for your chats,” more emoji reactions, swipe-to-reply, and the big one: “chat with friends who use Facebook.”

Once you hit update, the regular DM icon in the top right of Instagram is replaced by the Facebook Messenger logo. Chats on Instagram are indeed more colorful than before, with the sender’s messages shifting between blue and purple as you scroll. However, at least for right now, it’s still not possible to message Facebook users from Instagram.

The new update seems to replace the Instagram DM icon with a new Facebook Messenger Logo, with more colorful chats now on offer inside the app. According to the report, you can’t yet message Facebook users from within Instagram, but this move does signal the start of Facebook’s previously touted plans to allow cross-platform messaging across Facebook Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp.

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