It’s no more news that Facebook bought WhatsApp and Instagram and the apps have been better under the management of Facebook.
Now, Facebook is working on integrating WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger for better security and faster messaging.
The chat services are still standalone apps
The three chat services are not going to be merged, they are going to function as standalone apps, it’s important you get this right.
Mark Zuckerberg’s intention is to make it possible for users of the app to be able to message each other across platforms.
In order for this to work out, the apps must go through a lot of reconfigurations. New York Times reported that “thousands of Facebook employees”, have a huge amount of reconfiguration to do for this to function smoothly.
End-to-end encryption of data across messaging platforms
Mark Zuckerberg wants all the three apps to incorporate end-to-end encryption once the integration is completed in late 2019 or early 2020.
Whatsapp currently has end-to-end encryption by default for all your chats, while in Facebook Messenger, you can opt into end-to-encryption for your chats.
In a statement, Facebook says it wants to “build the best messaging experiences we can; and people want messaging to be fast, simple, reliable and private”. The company is “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.
How would people react?
As expected there is going to be mixed feelings about this among users. The truth is, a lot of people believe that social media is not a safe place to interact with others and never will be and they have good reasons to back up their claim.
What do you think? Do you support the integration of the three chat services to allow cross-platform messaging? Do you think that social media could get secured to a point where we share a lot of our private life without bothering about its exposure?
Share your thoughts in the comments.