Facebook Messenger, Instagram updated with new features on iOS

Facebook Messenger gets Split Payments feature

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Meta has updated the Facebook Messenger app with Vanish Mode and a Split Payments features while also providing updates to Instagram for Safer Internet Day.

The Facebook Messenger update focuses on new features that enhance users' control over message content. For example, voice messages can now be 30 minutes in length, 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 Payments feature enables a group of friends to split a bill evenly or customize the amount each person owes. In a group chat, the Split Payment request is sent with a personalized message, and members who don't have payment details entered can easily do so from the prompt.

Instagram's new Security Checkup feature is rolling out to users
Instagram's new Security Checkup 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 needed to secure their accounts. The Your Activity feature gives users the ability to bulk manage content, interactions, and more.

Instagram also announced an upcoming feature that will let friends confirm a person's identity when locked out of their account.