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Facebook Merging Messenger and Instagram: Direct Message Feature

Facebook Messenger and Instagram’s direct message feature are now officially merged, allowing users to send chats, photos, and videos.

Instagram’s old direct messaging service, Instagram Direct, has been replaced by Messenger, allowing users to send chats, photos, and videos between the two platforms for the first time.

“We’re connecting the Messenger and Instagram experience to bring some of the best Messenger features to Instagram,” Facebook’s Adam Mosseri and Stan Chudnovsky, the Heads of Instagram and Messenger respectively, said in a statement. “People on Instagram can decide whether to update immediately to this new experience.”

According to the company’s spokesperson, the cross-communication between both services would not immediately be end-to-end encrypted.

“Adding end-to-end encryption to an existing system is challenging and involves a fundamental change in the way the app is built,” the spokesperson said in an email.

“We’re dedicated to getting this right rather than doing it quickly.” Facebook’s messaging service WhatsApp is also not affected by the new changes, according to the spokesperson, and will remain a “separate, end-to-end encrypted app,” it added.

The news comes over a year after it was revealed that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was planning to integrate its Messenger service with Instagram and WhatsApp. The reasoning, according to Facebook, is that users would be able to contact more people since they could do so from any of the three apps.