Facebook has launched cross-platform messaging between Instagram and Messenger as of today (September 30).
According to reports, Facebook has taken the plunge to merge the direct messaging services in order to fully integrate the business’ three social media outlets – Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp.
Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg first revealed his plans for the merge back in 2019, explaining that it would make it easier for users to contact each other across all platforms. The end goal is for a larger scale of users to be able to message each other across the various social media apps.
Speaking about the plans, Facebook Messenger’s Vice President Stan Chudnovsky said: “The full timeline is quite a bit out – we are not at the half point yet. It’ll take a while. It’s not like a year from now we are sitting here and all of it is set and done.”
Some users were able to send DMs across Messenger and Instagram earlier this year, however full access to all users will now become available over the next few weeks.