"People should be able to use any of our apps to reach their friends, and they should be able to communicate across networks easily and securely", Zuckerberg had said.
Facebook, earlier in the month added much needed dark mode feature to its messenger app and while we wait for the same in the WhatsApp, the former has brought in a new value-added feature, which will definitely further enhance the chatting user-experience.
The feature is similar to the one available on WhatsApp, which is also owned by Facebook. This allows you to reply to a specific message in a conversation, and is incredibly helpful when you're engaged in chats that have a big range of topics.
As always, WhatsApp is keeping things a little simpler, although the instant messaging product that Facebook acquired back in 2014 is sufficiently feature-rich to actually inspire the latest Facebook Messenger update.
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You can now long press on a message you want to reply to, then tap the reply icon, and the original message will be quoted above your reply.
According to Venture Beat, which first spied the new feature, direct replies support text, images, emoji, videos, and GIFs. This enables other users in the chat to see which message the user was replying to, and is particularly welcomed in group chat or times when conversations are moving quickly.
The feature is rolling out now on both iOS and Android.