Facebook Messenger, Instagram updated with new features on iOS

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Meta updated the Facebook Messenger app with Vanish mode and split payments functionality while providing updates to Instagram for Safer Internet Day.

Facebook Messenger’s update focuses on new features that improve users’ control over the content of messages. For example, voicemails can now last 30 minutes and Vanish mode brings Snapchat-style messaging.

Vanish mode makes messages disappear as soon as they are seen. This includes sent text, GIFs, stickers, or reactions.

The split payment feature allows a group of friends to split a bill equally or customize the amount each person owes. In a group chat, the split payment request is sent with a personalized message, and members who have not entered payment details can easily do so from the prompt.

Instagram’s new safety checks feature is rolling out to users

First reported by 9to5Mac, Instagram’s new features are focused on promoting Safer Internet Day. Security Checkup guides users through the steps necessary to secure their accounts. The Your Activity feature allows users to bulk manage content, interactions, and more.

Instagram also announced an upcoming feature that will allow friends to confirm someone’s identity when they lock their account.

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