A discovery from app researcher Jane Manchung Wong suggests that Facebook is working on reintegrating Messenger into the main app.
In the current test version calling, photo sharing and message reactions don’t appear to be supported in the prototype Facebook chat feature.
A Facebook spokesperson told TechCrunch: “We are testing ways to improve the messaging experience for people within the Facebook app.
“Messenger remains a feature-rich, stand-alone messaging app with over a billion people using it monthly to connect with the people and businesses they care about most. We do not have any additional details to share at this time.”
This update might be an early version of the combined messaging network that was announced in January. Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram are set to be joined together to support cross-platform communication.
Manchung Wong has also found that users will soon be able to add their Instagram profiles to their Facebook Dating accounts. So far, Facebook Dating has been rolled out in five markets, most recently Mexico and Argentina.
Facebook has just been rocked by another data privacy controversy, after the social media giant admitted to copying the email contacts of 1.5 million users.
It claimed the data scrape was unintentional and happened when new members were asked to verify their identity via email.
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