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Facebook to Merge Its 3 Messenger Services

Olivia Long - January 25, 2019 - 12:32 PM
Facebook to Merge Its 3 Messenger Services
Facebook has expressed plans to integrate its WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger services into one.

(CCM) — According to a report by The New York Times, Facebook's CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, has plans to integrate the social network's messaging services.

The information has reportedly leaked from within the company from teams working on the project. According to the sources, the apps will still operate separately; however their infrastructures will be unified by the end of this year or the beginning of 2020.

This integration will mean that, for example, someone using Messenger could send a message to another person who only has a WhatsApp account. This is currently impossible due to the fact that the apps are separate. The unification will also mean that all three of the services will incorporate end-to-end message encryption.

One criticism of this update is that user data could be shared across the networks. For example, WhatsApp only asks for a phone number to register for the service, whereas Facebook's registration process is much more extensive.

However, Facebook seems ready to receive the flak, as it 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."

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