It has been confirmed that Facebook Messenger is now synchronizing Instagram contacts. This would mean that the messaging app is seeking for more ways to attract as many users as it can to its service. The new Messenger feature will pull in your contacts from the photo-sharing app, but you have to opt to connect your account to access the feature. The option to synch your Instagram contacts with Messenger appears in the “People” tab, along with the existing option that allows you to sync your phone’s contact with Facebook Messenger.
Though, Jane Manchun Wong who first spotted the feature in a tweet described it as a test, it seems it is one functionality that has come to stay according to Sarah Perez of TechCrunch.
The screenshot of the synch feature as seen below, will allow you to synch your Instagram account. Once connected, all your Instagram contacts will appear in Messenger.
Last year, Facebook rolled out a feature that allows you to access Instagram profile through Facebook’s navigation menu on mobile that includes a link to your Instagram account. The option appears right below the link to your personal profile in the Facebook app, and above your Facebook Page(s) being managed by you.
Once you click on the link, the Instagram app on your phone will be launched automatically, which takes you to the app’s main feed. This works the same way it would when launching the app from your home screen.
Facebook is Instagram’s parent company, and that option did not come as a surprise to many. With the change, Facebook will more than ever be able to make Instagram stronger and more popular. In the US for instance, the ephemeral app is being edged to the second spot by Snapchat—and though, that may not last for long, Instagram knows that it still has a lot to do to close the gap.
In other Facebook news, the company said it has started getting rid of incorrect information leading to crisis on its platform. This will be hailed by many as a positive step in the right direction considering how misinformation has led to issues of violence online in recent years.
The new policy will flag text and image items created or shared specially with the intention of immediately leading to violence.
Per usual, Facebook will collaborate with yet-to-be identified third-party local and international organizations including its own internal image recognition technologies to help in identifying offensive items.
False items, however, according to CEO Mark Zuckerberg will not be removed, especially if the social media company does not view such as contributing to violence or physical harm. He stated that the company would rather not give wide coverage to such items in users’ News Feeds.
In trying to make his point clear and free from controversies, Zuckerberg emphasized the need for his company not to meddle into decisions about what is true or false. In a statement per Recode, the Facebook CEO said.