Facebook to 'integrate its WhatsApp, Messenger and Instagram messaging services'

Facebook to 'integrate its WhatsApp, Messenger and Instagram messaging services'

Facebook to 'integrate its WhatsApp, Messenger and Instagram messaging services'

Under the plans, which have raised competition and privacy concerns, the services will appear on people's phones as standalone apps but the underlying messaging infrastructure will be unified, company insiders told The New York Times. That may see Facebook put under pressure by law enforcement personnel, and we wouldn't be surprised to find that the software reorganization incorporates an FBI-friendly backdoor.

Mark Zuckerberg's latest attempt to explain Facebook's data-sharing practices is notable for its omissions as well as what it plays up and plays down. Facebook is still in the early stages of the work and plans to complete it by the end of this year or in early 2020, they said.

Work on the project is already underway to unify the "messaging infrastructure" between the apps.

By increasing the apps' usability and staying ahead of rival messaging services, Facebook can potentially increase the advertising and revenue-generating sides of its business, too.

But messaging functionality would be shared across them, so users on Instagram could text people on WhatsApp.

The goal, it's suggested, is to remove those walls between the three services. While each app will still exist, you'll be able to send messages from Messenger to WhatsApp users who don't have a Facebook account.

For nearly a year now, Facebook has been working behind the scenes to create a Facebook Messenger "unsend" feature that would allow you to permanently delete messages you've sent to others from both your side ...

Zuckerberg also wants end-to-end encryption for all three chat platforms. We have already seen departure of Instagram co-founder previous year, which is speculated to be triggered by a response of Facebook trying to take more control over Instagram product.

Facebook was now said to believe closer integration will benefit the firm's "family of apps".

Zuckerberg is said to have "clashed with dozens of WhatsApp employees" over the merger during a staff meeting in December.

Beyond the challenges of getting internal teams onboard, there are clear technological hurdles to be dealt with.

The plan would also help bring end-to-end encryption, a popular feature on WhatsApp, to other messaging services to increase the security and protect messages from being viewed by anyone other than the conversation participants.

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.

Even the process of signing up for an account varies considerably.

Few websites have spun the news into how Facebook is merging WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook Messenger - which isn't entirely true. At the other, Facebook demands new sign-ups provide their real name, among other details.

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