According to a new report from The New York Times, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is pushing for a plan to create new backend integrations for the company's Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp applications.
To be clear, Facebook isn't going to take these services and merge them under a new single one. They'll all continue to operate as standalone apps on your phone, but technical changes behind the scenes will be made so that they can more seamlessly work with one another.
Per the report:
One of the biggest benefits to come out of this integration will be end-to-end encryption across the three apps. Once this is in place:
The project is one that comes with not only a lot of technical challenges, but also major privacy concerns. WhatsApp users sign up for the app using just a phone number, but if you use Facebook Messenger, you're asked to provide your full name, email address, and more. WhatsApp also doesn't store user data in its messages, but Messenger and Instagram do.
There are a lot of roadblocks that obviously need to be tackled with a move like this, so it'll be fascinating to see what sort of progress is made over the coming months.
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