Facebook links WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger

Facebook is planning to link the messaging services of WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger into one encrypted system, in the first major push to integrate the services since the founders of both WhatsApp and Instagram left the business. Chief executive Mark Zuckerberg is spearheading the efforts to unify the underlying technology behind the messaging services of Facebook, as well as photo sharing app Instagram and messaging app WhatsApp, separate platforms that the company bought in 2012 and 2014, respectively. Mr Zuckerberg wants to incorporate end-to-end encryption into all the messaging services, meaning only people sending and receiving messages are able to view them. Only WhatsApp currently has end-to-end encryption as default… The company said it hoped to complete the integration in 2020. The move… would keep the apps distinct but allow users to send encrypted messages across the separate platforms without having to leave the overall Face-book network… One former Facebook executive said the integration was part of Mr Zuckerberg’s plan to create a “Whatstabook”: pulling WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook closer together to boost growth, when the main Facebook app has seen user growth stagnate in many developed markets.
 
Hannah Murphy and Hannah Kuchler

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