Social media giant, Facebook is working on integrating its three major chat services – WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger.
The three apps will not merge. The three standalone apps will remain separate as they are, but they will brought together under a single messaging platform. Users can send messages to one another without switching apps.
Facebook said is still figuring out the requirements. It will require thousands of Facebook employees to reconfigure the platform integration. Mark Zuckerberg wants to incorporate end-to-end encryption in all three apps. As we know, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger already support end-to-end encryption. The integration will be complete in late 2019 or early 2020.
After integration, a Facebook user could send an encrypted message to a person who has only a WhatsApp account, for example. Currently, it is not possible because the apps are separate.
In a statement, a Facebook spokesperson said, “We want to build the best messaging experiences we can; and people want to message to be fast, simple, reliable and private. We’re working on making more of our messaging products end-to-end encrypted and considering ways to make it easier to reach friends and family across networks.”
According to a source, Zuckerberg’s intention is to increase the utility of its major social network platform, keeping its billions of user base highly engaged inside its ecosystem. This will also lead to increase its advertising business or add new services to make money.
Facebook said In a statement, “As you would expect, there is a lot of discussion and debate as we begin the long process of figuring out all the details of how this will work.”
The parent company, Facebook is struggling with the data breaches throughout the years. The integration may also raise many questions regarding data privacy. Because the user’s information may be shared between the cross platforms.