Starting this week, Instagram will allow individuals to DM you on Facebook, and vice versa. This move is the first move in the larger strategy for a single messaging framework for Facebook, where people can connect via Facebook, Instagram , and WhatsApp. For a more messenger-y experience, the Instagram update will include a few extra features (selfie stickers! personalized backgrounds! ephemeral-but-not-encrypted messages!).
You are certainly not alone if you are recoiling in terror at the thought of Facebook contacts messaging you on Instagram. Many individuals via apps have very different personalities and personal gestures, and very good reasons to want to keep them apart. The consequences of allowing Facebook and Instagram contacts to mix, depending on the individual, could range from mild embarrassment to serious harm.
It’s possible to opt out of the cross-platform update entirely for now (although this means that you won’t get the other small Instagram DM bonus features). There are adjustable controls where you can block all Facebook chats if you like, even if you opt in for the update. This is opted-out though, and the settings are three pages deep inside Instagram’s “Privacy” settings. Messenger users will be able to send DMs to your Instagram by default.
By using Message Controls in the Instagram Privacy settings, you would beable to interrupt Facebook chats.
If you had expectations of your Instagram and Facebook accounts being entirely different, but, the horse is out of the stable. You would probably already see Facebook friends being recommended to you on Instagram if you have your accounts linked at all. “A Gizmodo study shows how Facebook has long been able to put together your connections on the basis of” ghost profiles, “using phone and addressbook contact details to suggest” People You Might Meet. In your Instagram recommendations for people to join, you’ve probably noticed strangers who aren’t even your Facebook friends appear; that’s why.
Cross-channel messaging is addressing a common user dilemma, according to Instagram: 1 out of 3 surveyed individuals have difficulty recalling on which messaging channel they had a specific conversation. Of course, Facebook, which is willing to blur the boundaries between their applications, also benefits from this solution to a user problem. It is unclear what percentage of people would NOT want Facebook individuals to emailthem on Instagram, i.e. whether it is more or less than 1 out of 3 that would be sponsored by cross-platform messaging.
Ultimately, like any other minor privacy intrusions, this adjustment may at first seem awful, and then you’ll get used to it, and then the next, even-more invasive thing will come along, the window of Overton having been moved enough not to be so shocked.
In terms of advertisements or user data or even who can see your profile or images, this new functionality does not affect user privacy. It’s a shift in your perceived privacy that you intend to see your account or attempt to speak to you about. Just 29 percent of Americans know that Facebook owns Instagram, according to a 2019 Pew Research Center survey, so this new cross-platform messaging will likely come as a surprise. If these individuals see this as a great convenience or a weird intrusion or not.