Facebook offers the option to merge Instagram and Messenger in a few countries first

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Rolling out first to select countries before further global expansion, Facebook announced Wednesday that is offering now the feature to merge Instagram and Messenger. It syncs both platforms and later WhatsApp, “so you have access to the best messaging experience, no matter which app you use,” a Facebook blog post said. “With this update, it will be easier to stay connected without thinking about which app to use to reach your friends and family,” Instagram head Adam Mosseri and Messenger lead Stan Chudnovsky wrote. So, in other words, some Instagram users will now be able to message their friends on Messenger, without needing a Facebook account.

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Some other more than 10 fresh features, including access to selfie stickers, Watch Together and the new ephemeral Vanish Mode were added. Once activated, users can control where they receive messages and calls: in chats, in message requests, or not at all. Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger each boast over 1 billion active monthly users. When asked about the possibility that cross-app communication could open the door to harassment, Instagram responded that users can block someone across apps. New privacy settings have been added so users can decide who can contact them.