Facebook Instagram WhatsApp message systems to merge
You will soon be able to message swiftly between Facebook Instagram WhatsApp message systems.
Rumors of this merger have been floating around for some time and have now landed in our foreseeable future.
Chief executive of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, is planning to integrate the messaging systems of his 3 social media conglomerate’s- Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp.
The services will remain independent of one another, but their underlying technical infrastructure will be unified.
What the merger means for you: You can send and receive messages across all 3 platforms.
This move brings together 3 of the world’s largest messaging platforms, amassing to 2.6 billion users collectively.
In a statement, Facebook said it wanted to “build the best messaging experiences we can; and people want messaging to be fast, simple, reliable and private.” It added: “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.”
Are we just suckers?
The merger will strengthen Facebook’s grip on users, raising questions of antitrust, privacy and security.
It is also a backtrack of Zuckerberg’s original stance that both WhatsApp and Instagram would operate autonomously from Facebook. (like that was EVER going to happen).
President and executive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, Marc Rotenberg, said on Friday that the change would be “a terrible outcome for internet users.” He urged the Federal Trade Commission, America’s de facto privacy regulator, to “act now to protect privacy and to preserve competition.”
Time will tell how they play this move, and whether the questions of antirust and privacy are answered; let’s face it, there’s not really such a thing as privacy when it comes to the internet.
Facebook Instagram WhatsApp messaging systems will be merged by late 2019, early 2020, it is reported.