Facebook has been the owner of Instagram for quite some time, but they only recently began weaving both platflorms together.
In an announcement on their official blog, they introduced the ability for users to have cross-platform communication:
Today, we’re announcing an update to Instagram DMs by introducing a new Messenger experience on the app. Messaging has come a long way since we first brought it to Instagram. We’ve been exploring how messaging should evolve as we grow. On Facebook’s family of apps alone, people send more than 100 billion messages to their friends and family each day. These days, we rely on video calls to hang out with friends, send memes and GIFs to communicate what we really think (but can’t always say), and share funny photos and voice notes to stay in touch.
People are communicating in private spaces now more than ever. More than a billion people already use Messenger as a place to share, hang out and express themselves with family and friends. That’s why we’re connecting the Messenger and Instagram experience to bring some of the best Messenger features to Instagram – so you have access to the best messaging experience, no matter which app you use. People on Instagram can decide whether to update immediately to this new experience.
Instagram just revealed 10 NEW messaging features! 💬 https://t.co/SethG8AIPS
Here's the full list incl. Vanish Mode, Selfie Stickers, and more 👇 pic.twitter.com/1bv60KjbhC
— Matt Navarra (@MattNavarra) September 30, 2020