Messaging between Facebook and Instagram will be AXED later this month… here’s what it means for YOUR old conversations

  • “Cross-app” chats will be disabled sometime in December
  • Old conversations will still be available, but you can't start new ones
  • Read more: US tech giants face new limits on their power under the DMA

Meta is scrapping a feature that allowed direct messaging between its various social media platforms – less than three years after its launch.

So-called “cross-app” conversations between Instagram and Facebook will no longer be possible in “mid-December 2023,” according to an update quietly released by Meta.

Fortunately, your old conversations that happened across the two apps will still be available – but you won't be able to reply to them or start new ones.

In August 2020, Facebook rolled out an update that integrated Instagram with Messenger. But now the company is ending cross-app compatibility

There has been no public buzz around the new ad, which appears to have been published on or before November 21. Note the edge. has reached out to Meta for comment on why the company made this move. This article will be updated if we receive a response.

Meta said the 2020 cross-app chat integration will make it more convenient for Facebook Messenger users to message friends and family without having to download Instagram. vice versa.

Meta did not explain its reasons behind disengaging between the messaging capabilities of its different platforms

Meta did not explain its reasons behind disengaging between the messaging capabilities of its different platforms

Some observers have suggested that the change may be due to the EU's Digital Markets Act (DMA), sweeping legislation aimed at reducing the market dominance of big tech companies.

The DMA aims to make it easier for consumers to navigate between different competing services, including “social media platforms, internet browsers and app stores,” according to Reuters.

WhatsApp, also owned by Meta, appears to be developing an app Third party conversations The feature will be DMA compliant, according to 9 to 5 Mac.

Users should still be able to search and view their existing messages they've sent between Instagram and Messenger, but all other functionality across the apps will disappear.

Meta has not announced a specific cutoff date.

Here are the full details of the update, from Instagram's Help Center. The details of the new development are self-explanatory, even if the reason is not:

Once cross-app connectivity is no longer available:

  • You will not be able to start new conversations or calls using Facebook accounts from Instagram.
  • Any existing Instagram conversations you have with Facebook accounts will become read-only, even if those Facebook accounts are removed from the chat. This means that you and others with Instagram accounts cannot send new messages in these chats.
  • Facebook accounts will not be able to view your activity status or whether you have viewed a message.
  • Any existing conversations you have with Facebook accounts will not be transferred to your Facebook or Messenger inbox.

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