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This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.


Facebook has begun testing the integration of the message portion of the system for both Instagram and Facebook Messenger. When the mobile version of the Instagram app is updated to the latest version, the Direct Message icon in the top right of the screen will be replaced by the Facebook Messenger icon. However, it appears that you still can't send messages to Facebook users from Instagram.

Facebook has made it clear that it intends to make its messaging platforms common to allow Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp to send and receive messages to each other. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has also said he wants the system to be end-to-end encrypted.

Having access to all of your friends from one app would save you the hassle of finding and switching between apps every time, and it would make it a more private social space. China WeChat, for example, is based on messaging but integrates a variety of features, from sharing videos to calling car dispatch services.

The U.S. House Judiciary Committee has held hearings on so-called IT giants such as Facebook, Amazon, Apple, and Google, and is investigating them under antitrust laws. Perhaps Facebook is considering consolidating its services before authorities try to split popular apps like Instagram and WhatsApp from Facebook.

Source: The Verge


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