Facebook has decided to change the names of Instagram and WhatsApp to let people know who is in charge of two of the most popular apps. 

Facebook is the parent company of both apps, and the name change is to reflect that. 

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However, they won’t be changed completely. The name changes aren’t live yet, but they will be “Instagram from Facebook” and “WhatsApp from Facebook”. 

The new names won’t actually signify any changes in the functions of Instagram and WhatsApp, and are purely cosmetic. However, it will be reflected in the App stores. 

"We want to be clearer about the products and services that are part of Facebook," a spokesperson said about the change.

It’s unclear when the new names will roll out. 

More Instagram news

It looks like a new Instagram feature may soon be on the way that seems pretty comparable to the macOS and iOS Photo Booth app.

After FaceApp‘s age filter resurfaced and quickly found itself viral again, it’s no surprise that Instagram would seek out ways to up the selfie game.

App researcher Jane Manchun Wong uncovered the unreleased feature that essentially places the user in front of a “green screen.”

Wong took to Twitter to share a couple of screenshots from the feature, which is apparently called “Background.”

The feature will allow users to select a photo from their camera roll and use it as a background for their Stories camera.

It’s currently unclear if users will be able to use videos as a background or if it is limited to static images only.

Wong also uncovered an AR sticker effect in the works.

The release date for the feature is unknown, but we are eager to see how users will bring this “green screen” effect to life.

What do you think about the Instagram and WhatsApp name change? Sound off in the comments down below!

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