Meta discontinuing cross-platform chats between Instagram and Facebook Messenger this month

The feature was first introduced back in 2020. — Photo by 84 Video on Unsplash

Meta will be removing support for cross-platform messaging between Instagram and Facebook Messenger.

Based on an Instagram Help Center Notice, the feature will no longer be available sometime in mid-December, with all existing chats and messages between the platforms becoming read-only.

No further replies or new messages (text and voice) can be made after this point.

The feature was first introduced back in 2020.

This comes after signs of possible support for third-party chats were uncovered in a beta version of the company's WhatsApp messaging app, which appeared to be part of Meta's efforts to comply with the EU's Digital Markets Act (DMA).

The act designated the company as a "Gatekeeper", requiring it to meet several obligations, including allowing for the interoperability of messaging services should non-gatekeeper apps request it.

It remains unclear if this disabled cross-platform chatting has anything to do with Meta's compliance with the DMA.

According to a separate report from leaker site WABetaInfo, the company appears to be working on allowing WhatsApp users to automatically share status updates in the messaging app to Facebook and Instagram Stories.

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