Meta is introducing third-party chats to Messenger, allowing users to connect with users from other apps, although not all users may benefit from this feature.

Meta is implementing a process to enable cross-app connection with non-Meta apps, as part of the EU Digital Markets Act (D.M.A.). This move is required for “gatekeeper” platforms like Messenger, which provide a gateway between businesses and consumers. However, this could only apply to EU users, potentially limiting interoperability for non-European users.

Meta plans to link up all messaging apps, potentially allowing more interoperability for users. EU users will soon have more messaging options, with potential impact on usage.