Facebook Planning To Integrate Whatsapp, Messenger And Instagram
As per a news report which surfaced on The New York Times, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s Chief Executive Officer has Ideas to unify its messaging services. That’s right, Whatsapp, Instagram and Messenger will have a common tech infrastructure very soon. And as this news arrives at a time when Facebook is under investigation, this clearly looks like a huge step to make things work by the Billionaire CEO.
Cross Platform Messaging
The total number of users across these 3 apps exceed 2.6 billion. If the integration happens, the users may be able to send messages across these platforms, which will be quite convenient, without doubt. An important thing to note here is that the apps will not combine. They’ll keep functioning as standalone apps. The only thing that’ll change is the ability of a user to send messages from Whatsapp to say, Instagram.
As far as encryption goes, Whatsapp introduced end-to-end encryption in April 2016, which set it to default on all future conversations. Even Facebook messenger has an option which allows you to opt into end-to-end encryption for all your chats. It’ll be really interesting to see how Facebook manages the same form of encryption across all three apps.
Possible Issues With Integration
A lot of discussion is pending as many underlying problems come to light. For instance, what will be the signing up process if the Unification occurs? How will data be shared between the users? Will Facebook require your mobile number as an identification? It’s clear that Zuckerberg wishes to keep users highly involved inside the already existing ecosystem. But will the transition be as easy as it sounds? It’s too early to say that. We’ll see how things work out.