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Meta to end cross-platform chats between Instagram and Facebook

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In a recent update, Meta quietly announced that from mid-December onwards, Instagram and Facebook’s messaging services will no longer support cross-compatibility. The cross-app chatting feature, initially introduced in 2020, is set to be discontinued.

This means users won’t be able to initiate new cross-platform chats, and existing conversations between the two services will be limited to read-only mode.

Additionally, Facebook accounts will lose the ability to view the Activity Status of Instagram users or determine if a message has been seen by them. Meta further stated that existing chats with Facebook accounts on Instagram will not transition to the inbox on Facebook or Messenger.

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Meta emphasized that all existing chats on Instagram involving Facebook accounts will become read-only, even if those accounts are removed from the chat. Consequently, users with Instagram accounts won’t be able to send new messages in these chats.

Although Meta hasn’t provided a specific date for the removal, the decision might be influenced by regulatory considerations, especially in the European Union. The absence of information about a potential replacement leaves users uncertain about the future of this communication feature.

In response to the matter, a spokesperson from Meta stated to The Verge:

A few years ago, we introduced a new Messenger experience in Instagram DMs which enabled people to message and call a FB account (Messenger) from an Instagram account and vice versa. Starting in mid-December, we will begin removing this feature. However, people can continue to message and call their contacts on Facebook, Instagram or Messenger.