After three years of allowing users to message accounts on Facebook from their Instagram accounts, Meta has announced that it will discontinue its cross-platform messaging service. This decision means that users will once again be limited to messaging users on the platform they are currently using. The company has not provided a specific reason for this change, but it coincides with Meta’s plans to implement end-to-end encryption (E2EE) on Messenger by the end of the year. The lack of cross-app communication chats will be disabled by mid-December, resulting in read-only chat history for ongoing conversations between users on Facebook and Instagram.
The Impact on User Experience
Once Meta shuts off the ability to chat across platforms, users will not be able to initiate new chats with Facebook Messenger users from their Instagram accounts, and vice versa. Any existing cross-platform chats will not be automatically migrated to the other platform. Furthermore, features such as the Activity Status setting, which allows Facebook users to see when someone is online, and the read receipts indicating when a message has been seen, will no longer be available. To continue conversations with friends across both platforms, users will have to initiate new chats within the same app.
A Change Aligned with Enhanced Security
While Meta has not explicitly stated the reason behind discontinuing cross-app communication chats on Instagram and Facebook Messenger, it is crucial to note the expected introduction of an important change on Messenger – E2EE chats protected by default. Meta aims to launch default end-to-end encryption for one-to-one friends and family chats on Messenger by the end of this year. This means that encrypted chats sent through Messenger cannot be accessed by anyone other than the sender and recipient, including Meta itself, unless the chats are reported by the participants.
The decision to discontinue cross-platform messaging by Meta marks a significant transition for Instagram and Facebook users. While the company has not provided a specific reason for this change, it aligns with their plans to implement end-to-end encryption on Messenger. Although users will lose the convenience of chatting across platforms, the new E2EE feature enhances data privacy and security. As we approach mid-December, it is essential for users to be prepared for these changes and adapt to the new messaging landscape. Initiating new chats within the same app will be the key to continuing conversations with friends between Instagram and Facebook. As Meta continues to prioritize user privacy and security, it is likely that further updates and enhancements will follow in the future.