The new update seems to replace the Instagram DM icon with a new Facebook Messenger Logo, with more colorful chats now on offer inside the app. According to the report, you can't yet message Facebook users from within Instagram, but this move does signal the start of Facebook's previously touted plans to allow cross-platform messaging across Facebook Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp.
Actual report by Verge
According to a report by The Verge, some users at the publication started receiving a pop-up update screen on Instagram. The message read, “There's a New Way to Message on Instagram,” listing some new features. Apart from allowing users to “chat with friends who use Facebook,” the new features include a colorful overhaul of the chat screen, emoji reactions, and swiping right to reply to messages instantly. People can choose to not update the popular social media app, but the included pop-up menu says Instagram users will still receive message requests from Facebook accounts regardless of their decision.
The end goal is to fully unify the chat experience across Messenger and Instagram, before eventually adding WhatsApp into the mix. Facebook says it wants the entire service to be end-to-end encrypted too.
Facebook appears to flip the switch on integrating the chat systems for Instagram and Messenger. On Friday evening, several editors at The Verge across the country — on both iOS and Android devices — noticed an update screen popped up in Instagram's mobile app with the message "There's a New Way to Message on Instagram" with a list of features including a "new colorful look for your chats," more emoji reactions, swipe-to-reply, and the big one: "chat with friends who use Facebook."
A new report from The New York Times, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is pushing for a plan to create new backend integrations for the company's Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp applications. To be clear, Facebook isn't going to take these services and merge them under a new single one. They'll all continue to operate as standalone apps on your phone, but technical changes behind the scenes will be made so that they can more seamlessly work with one another. The feature is likely rolled out in stages, as not all users are able to see the new feature on Instagram yet. The Facebook-owned photo and video sharing social media app haven't officially announced any detailed rollout plans yet.