What you need to know
- Facebook Messenger is now part of Instagram.
- Facebook says it "makes it easier for people to connect."
- A Newsroom post outlines the privacy implications of the move.
According to Facebook, we needn't worry because while Instagram and Messenger do see some data being collected, none of that will come from the contents of our chats. In other words, we won't talk about lamps in a chat window and then find that Instagram spends the next week trying to sell lamps to us.
There's more good news in terms of the control users will have over their privacy. Facebook says that users now have more control thanks to the merger.
There will also be a suite of tools that will give people "tools that help you understand what you're seeing and give you controls to respond to issues you may encounter".
Maybe all of that will put people's minds at ease. Maybe it won't. Regardless of the potential privacy implications of pushing Instagram and Messenger together, it's still a matter for debate as to whether it's a good move for users and their experience, or not.
Time will, as always, tell.
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