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This is what the merger of chats between Facebook and Instagram looks like

Facebook Messenger and Instagram direct messaging services are integrated into a single system, and this is what they look like.

The merger allows for shared messaging on both platforms, as well as video calls and the use of a variety of tools drawn from both platforms. It is currently being implemented in all countries on a voluntary basis.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced plans in March last year to integrate Messenger, Instagram Direct and WhatsApp into a unified messaging experience.

In a statement released yesterday about the new merger, Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri and Messenger VP Stan Chudnovsky wrote:

… One in three people sometimes find it difficult to remember where to find a certain thread. With this update, it will be even easier to stay connected without thinking about which app to use to communicate with your friends and family.

We’re also adding over 10 new features so you can stay close to your friends. Selfie Stickers are a unique hybrid of Boomerang, emojis and selfies, and a new way to react to conversations. Watch Together lets you watch trending videos with friends on IGTV during a video call. We also introduced disappearing mode, where you can set messages to automatically disappear after they are viewed.

While that may seem harmless, Facebook is likely trying to make its apps inseparable, ahead of a possible antitrust lawsuit in the US that could try to get the company to sell Instagram and WhatsApp.

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