Facebook now allows group chats across Instagram and Messenger
FACEBOOK is now allowing cross-app group chats between Instagram and Messenger.
The move brings the tech giant closer to its plans of one day merging the Instagram, Facebook and WhatsApp apps.
Facebook said in a blogpost: “With this update, people will be able to start group chats between their Instagram and Messenger contacts.
“Within these cross-app group chats, you can continue to customize your chat experience with chat themes and custom reactions.
“We’re also introducing polls to your Instagram DMs and group chats with friends across Messenger and Instagram, making it easier for the group to decide which new show is most binge-worthy or which restaurant you all go to next weekend.”
You may need to update your Messenger and Instagram apps to start using the new experience.
You’ll also need to opt-in for cross app communication and so will the friends you want in your new group chat.
Facebook is also introducing a Watch Together feature on Instagram.
It will allow you to watch Instagram videos at the exact same time as your friends.
“Just start a video chat within Instagram, scroll to the post you want to share then click on the share button and Watch Together!”
Facebook says it wants its new features to help make people feel more connected but it’s also keeping safety and privacy in mind.
You’ll still have a message request folders on Facebook and Instagram for messages from people you’re not connected to.