Meta Continues Messaging Interoperability Work for EU Compliance1 min read

Meta is set to introduce third-party chat integration on Messenger, allowing users to engage with individuals across different apps not owned by Meta. While this feature may not be universally available, Meta has been actively working on enabling third-party messaging apps to connect with Messenger in recent months. An initial glimpse of this development was uncovered in the app’s backend code by researcher Alessandro Paluzzi. The upcoming feature will facilitate cross-app connections with non-Meta applications, creating new avenues for communication within the Messenger platform.

This move aligns with Meta’s response to the new European Union Digital Markets Act (D.M.A.), which mandates “gatekeeper” platforms to open up their ecosystems for third-party services. While this requirement may initially apply to EU users, Meta is theoretically planning to link all its messaging apps in the future. It’s noteworthy that this development could bring a significant change for some users, offering more ways to connect through messaging apps. However, Meta has yet to provide comprehensive details about the rollout schedule and specific regions impacted.

As reported, the impending update promises EU users, at the very least, an expanded array of messaging options within Messenger. The broader implications and user utilization of these new connection options will be closely observed, raising questions about whether Meta will extend similar interoperability features globally in the future.

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