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Mark Zuckerberg wants to integrate WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook Messenger

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At a time when his company has been subject to severe controversy, Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced the tech giant’s plan to integrate the messaging functions of WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook Messenger.

According to the New York Times, the three platforms will remain stand-alone applications, with their integration being at a technical and infrastructural level. The result will be a global messaging system with a user count of 2.6 billion, with those users then able to communicate across all three platforms.

With the process underway, Zuckerberg intends for the project to be completed by year’s end or in early 2020. According to sources involved with the project, thousands of Facebook employees will be needed to pull off the changes needed for the three platforms to be integrated. Zuckerberg also said that the three applications will all feature end-to-end encryption, a process used to protect user messages and prevent third parties from reading them (WhatsApp is currently the only app of the lot that offers this).

The announcement plays as a complete departure from Zuckerberg’s previous position on the subject of platform independence. When Facebook acquired Instagram back in 2012, and later WhatsApp in 2014, Zuckerberg made assurances that the entities would continue to operate separately and enjoy autonomy from their parent company. The increased presence of Zuckerberg in the app’s operations have also been met with contention, with both sets of founders, Instagram’s Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger and WhatsApp’s Jan Koum and Brian Acton, leaving their companies during the last year because of this.

Facebook has made recent headlines in the debate of user privacy and the collection of personal information. The company has been accused of not taking the mass spread of misinformation seriously, with Zuckerberg having repeatedly vowed to take a more active role with the issue. The announcement to integrate the platforms was also met with criticism from the likes of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, and US politicians such as California Representative Ro Khanna, both citing antitrust concerns:

Last year, Facebook was accused of mishandling reports of disinformation on WhatsApp during the Brazilian presidential election. Facebook has since taken action and has made changes to the app accordingly in terms of message circulation and reach.

Last Updated: January 28, 2019

21 Comments

  1. Admiral Chief

    January 28, 2019 at 13:41

    Ah, more cancer, glorious

    Reply

  2. GooseZA

    January 28, 2019 at 14:38

    Can FB just fuck off now? Please? I deleted my account 7 years ago after working with their ad platform and realising just how much of your info they actually have – and I have zero interest in any of my conversations going through their systems. I was already skeptical when they bought Whatsapp but now I may just have to jump ship.

    Reply

    • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

      February 1, 2019 at 09:50

      Bro, it extends into your whatsapp messages. Try it out..

      Talk to one person about some random type of product. Then watch how the ads for that product pop up aferwards.

      Reply

  3. Guz

    January 28, 2019 at 15:12

    We need an article on whats app alternatives

    Reply

  4. Captain JJ

    January 28, 2019 at 13:27

    If this is so, then I’ll be saying goodbye to Instagram.

    Reply

  5. Guz

    January 28, 2019 at 15:12

    Mark Zuckerberg is a tool and not the useful kind

    Reply

  6. Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

    February 1, 2019 at 09:50

    ” end-to-end encryption, a process used to protect user messages and
    prevent third parties from reading them (WhatsApp is currently the only
    app of the lot that offers this)..”

    BALLS. I’ve witnessed their lack of encryption

    Reply

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