Press release - Facebook. Features that are part of the new messaging experience on Instagram are now available.
The first – Watch Together – is available now. When you update to the new messaging experience on Instagram, you and your friends can tune into IGTV, Reels, TV shows, movies and trending videos in real-time over video chat.
Start a video chat in Instagram or Messenger or create a Messenger Room. In an Instagram video chat, tap the media button in the bottom right and select the ‘TV & Movies’ tab. In a Messenger video chat, swipe up to access the menu, select Watch Together then select the ‘TV & Movies’ tab. From there you can select various videos and other content.
The second feature, vanish mode, is coming soon and is an opt-in feature that makes seen messages disappear after you leave a chat thread. Sometimes a message is spontaneous – something you want to share in the moment without worrying about it sticking around.
Facebook designed vanish mode with safety and choice top of mind, so you are in control of your experience. To start, only people who are following each other on Instagram or who are connected on Messenger can use vanish mode in one-on-one chats. Vanish mode is also optional: you choose whether you enter vanish mode with someone. If someone takes a screenshot of your chat while you’re using vanish mode, you’ll be notified. And as always, you can block someone or report a conversation if you feel unsafe.
We’re slowly rolling out vanish mode on Messenger and Instagram. Vanish mode is now available on Messenger in the US and a handful of other countries, and it’s coming soon to countries in the EU. Vanish mode on Instagram will be coming to the US and other countries soon, when you update to the new Messenger experience.
With this update, you can now reach your friends and family whether they’re on Instagram or Messenger, and you can control where you receive messages and calls, such as in your chats or in your message requests.