Facebook has said that from now on it is going to focus more on chats and privacy on the platform. And to keep this promise, the company keeps making changes to its Messenger app. Right now, Facebook is bringing out the quoted replies feature to its Messenger app’s chats.
It is the same feature on the Facebook-owned messaging app, WhatsApp. This feature gives users the ability to quote and reply to specific messages in a conversation. As reported by VentureBeat, in especially larger group chats, this feature makes it fairly easier to keep track of your conversations.
The quoted replies feature comes as part of the social media network expanding its existing reaction emoji.
How to use the quote-reply feature in Messenger
It works just like the way you reply to threads in WhatsApp chats. You just have to hold down on a message thread, a new “Reply” button will appear and you will be able to reply that very individual message. This is in addition to simply adding a reaction emoji.
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It will attach a quoted version of the original message to the top of your reply. On top of the quoted message, you’ll see another message informing you that you replied to that particular message thread.
Since this feature was already on an app owned Facebook itself, this is not much of copying some other company’s inventions. It only makes sense since both apps, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp are all under one umbrella.
But according to The Verge, this move is also part of the company’s “overarching ambition to create a cross-platform system that would unite Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram messaging — achieving comparable features on all three platforms would no doubt make that eventual merging easier when it does come around.”
To find this feature, you will need to update your current Facebook Messenger app. If after the update, you still don’t see it, then you’d need to wait for a few days. Most often such features are rolled out in batches.