Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg plans to ‘merge’ Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram

Jan 27, 2019, 01:01
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg plans to ‘merge’ Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram

The apps could also get end-to-end encryption, which shields messages from being read by people outside of the conversation, according to Facebook.

Users on Facebook Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp would all be able to communicate, regardless of the app they are using.

Which suggests that people working at Facebook are oblivious to how the company actually makes the money it uses to pay their wages. It'll probably mean you'll need to log in to WhatsApp using your Facebook credentials.

Zuckerberg also wants to have all three platforms to feature end-to-end encryption, so any message you send to whichever platform will be secure.

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All three services will continue to function as separate apps, but behind the scenes their functionality will be linked.

"People want messaging to be fast, simple, reliable and private", the company, which runs all three apps, said in a statement. These actions have reportedly caused internal friction, as Instagram's founders left Facebook last fall, and WhatsApp's founders left for reportedly similar reasons.

According to the anonymous sources, Zuckerberg wants to increase the utility of the messaging platforms while also assuaging user concerns about privacy.

Facebook is planning to "integrate" WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger. Employees at WhatsApp and Instagram balked as their apps lost their once-promised autonomy under their parent company.

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Integrating the messaging services could make it harder for antitrust regulators to break up Facebook by undoing its acquisitions of WhatsApp and Instagram, said Sam Weinstein, a professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

The move which mixes the best of logical, obvious and hugely surprising, will see the three services become a single tool at the end of what the New York Times reports will be a "long process". Over the years, billions have found this useful, and we've built more services that people around the world love and use every day. Zuckerberg had floated the integration idea for months and began promoting it more heavily to employees toward the end of past year, the people said.

The leading social network is behind free, stand-alone smartphone apps Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp. Facebook and Messenger ask for real identities. The planned integration was reportedly a major impetus for top Facebook executives to leave the company: WhatsApp's founders, Jan Koum and Brian Acton, in May 2018; and Instagram's founders, Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger, in September.

We reached out to Facebook for comment but had not heard back at time of writing.

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