Published: Sat, January 26, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Facebook plans to unify infrastructure for Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp

Facebook plans to unify infrastructure for Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp

When the apps are knitted together, Facebook Marketplace buyers and sellers in Southeast Asia would be able to reach out and communicate with each other using WhatsApp - which is popular there - rather than using Facebook Messenger or another, non-Facebook text messaging service.

Why it matters: Facebook is reportedly planning to unify the underlying messaging infrastructure of WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger.

WhatsApp and Facebook messenger icons are seen on an iPhone in Manchester, Britain March 27, 2017.

With the project now in the early stages of development, the plan is for Facebook to introduce the switch-up by the end of 2019 or in early 2020.

Facebook had acquired Instagram and WhatsApp in multi-billion dollar deals over the last decade.

End-to-end encryption protects messages from being viewed by anyone except the participants in the conversation.

After the changes, end-to-end encryption will be incorporated on all the platforms.

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The report also highlighted that some employees at WhatsApp and Instagram were uncomfortable with the transition, which seems to be headed by Mark Zuckerberg. The ultimate goal is for users to turn to Facebook properties for all their texting/chatting/video call needs instead of using rival services from other companies or SMS/MMS services through phone carriers.

Plus, it means that someone using Facebook Messenger could potentially send a message to a friend on WhatsApp without the friend having to have a Facebook account.

THE FACTS: Zuckerberg doesn't say how people were posed this question or how the user surveys were conducted. WhatsApp's founders, Jan Koum and Brian Acton, departed for similar reasons.

Interestingly, Mark Zuckerberg's op-ed came just hours after CCN spotlighted a damning 70-page report suggesting that more than half of Facebook accounts are fake.

On Dec. 7, employees gathered around microphones at WhatsApp's offices to ask Mr. Zuckerberg why he was so invested in merging the services. In a statement, the social media giant seemingly confirmed this by stating that there are "lots of discussions and debate" as the process of "figuring out all the details" begins.

For Facebook, the changes provide a better chance at making money from Instagram and WhatsApp, which now generate little revenue even though they have vast numbers of users. This has also led to many employees leaving the company.

He revealed disagreements with Zuck and chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg over how to make money from the messaging service before he left the company in an interview with Forbes.

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