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Meta to disconnect Messenger and Instagram chat this month

What To Know

  • Meta is set to discontinue the feature that allows users to chat with Facebook friends on Instagram, starting in mid-December.
  • Originally announced in 2019, the optional cross-platform integration became operational a year later, blurring the boundaries between two of Meta’s popular services.
  • Meta states that, as of mid-December 2023, users will no longer be able to initiate new chats or calls with Facebook friends from Instagram.
  • Additionally, Facebook accounts won’t have access to activity status or read receipts, and ongoing chats with Facebook accounts won’t transfer to inboxes on either platform.

Meta is set to discontinue the feature that allows users to chat with Facebook friends on Instagram, starting in mid-December. This cross-platform integration, introduced in 2020, will be disconnected.

Meta has not provided a specific reason for the removal. However, speculation suggests that avoiding potential regulatory consequences in the European Union (EU) may be a motivating factor.

Originally announced in 2019, the optional cross-platform integration became operational a year later, blurring the boundaries between two of Meta’s popular services. The move aimed to allow communication between Messenger and Instagram accounts.

Meta states that, as of mid-December 2023, users will no longer be able to initiate new chats or calls with Facebook friends from Instagram. Existing conversations with Facebook accounts on Instagram will become read-only.

Additionally, Facebook accounts won’t have access to activity status or read receipts, and ongoing chats with Facebook accounts won’t transfer to inboxes on either platform.

The EU’s Digital Markets Act, enacted in 2022, serves as a deterrent against platform holders attaining monopoly power. If a company surpasses a revenue threshold and the European Commission deems it excessively dominant.

A maximum penalty of 10 percent of its total global turnover from the previous year can be imposed. Meta may have decided to discontinue the Instagram/Facebook cross-messaging feature to avoid potential regulatory issues and associated penalties.

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