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Instagram will soon allow you to send DMs from your browser

Instagram will soon let users chat from their browser. While the launch contradicts Facebook’s plan for end-to-end encryption in all its messaging apps, Instagram has begun testing Direct Messages on the web for a selected number of users around the globe. The news comes almost a year after the testing began. To recall, Instagram introduced DMs in the app in 2013. 

"DMs, but make them desktop. We are currently testing Direct messaging on the web, so you can read and reply to your messages from wherever you are," the company said in a statement on Tuesday. There are a number of businesses that communicate with customers via Instagram DM, and this feature can make their life easier.

Instagram will soon enable its website users to see when they receive new DMs, send photos (but not capture them), view their DMs as well as double click to Like and share posts from their feed via Direct. The company will not allow sending videos, but users will be able to view non-disappearing ones. The feature could roll out to everyone soon as Instagram CEO, Adam Mosseri tweeted that he hopes to “bring this to everyone soon” once the kinks are worked out.

However, Facebook’s former Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos said, “This is fascinating, as it cuts directly against the announced goal of E2E encrypted compatibility between FB/IG/WA. Nobody has ever built a trustworthy web-based E2EE messenger, and I was expecting them to drop web support in FB Messenger. Right hand versus left?"

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