Instagram users are in for a controversial change. Owner Facebook is progressing its plans to combine Instagram’s Direct Messaging with its Messenger platform. Some of the new messaging tools Facebook is adding will excite users. But the reality is that Instagram users should not be defaulting to DMs—there are better options that don’t risk compromising your privacy and security.
The changes to Instagram’s DM platform have been reported by a number of media sites over the weekend. This stops short of enabling Facebook and Instagram users to message one another—but that’s coming. It also stops short of adding the end-to-end encryption that all messengers should have by default.