Facebook is integrating WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger

Now we know why WhatsApp’s founders quit, and it’s not good news!

He also wants to make it possible for a Facebook user to start chatting with, say, someone on Instagram who may not even have a Facebook account.

The New York Times is reporting that the three services messaging programs will be brought together into one unified platform by early 2020, according to several sources close to the matter.

So, for example, a Facebook user could send a message to a WhatsApp-only user using Messenger, something which is now impossible.

Facebook said it is working on adding end-to-end encryption, which protects messages from being viewed by anyone except the participants in a conversation, to more of its messaging products, and considering ways to make it easier for users to connect across networks. WhatsApp and Instagram's growth has prompted a change in Zuckerberg's thinking, as he now believes that the tighter integration would reap benefits for the entire family of Facebook apps. So far, there have been no statements from Instagram or WhatsApp surrounding the rumors.

"We give people complete control over whether we use this information for ads", Zuckerberg writes in the piece, "but we don't let them control how we use it for security or operating our services".

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 to MobileSyrup and other publications, a Facebook spokesperson said: "We want to build the best messaging experiences we can; and people want messaging to be fast, simple, reliable and private".

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Instagram's founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger abandoned the company late previous year, reportedly due to Zuckerberg's increased grip on the app. "Mr. Zuckerberg floated the idea for months and began to promote it to employees more heavily toward the end of 2018", NYT reports.

WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton recently spoke out to discuss why he quit Facebook and reveal what he learned about Mark Zuckerberg whilst working with him.

Merging the messaging services could create a privacy headache.

"If Facebook is anxious about that then one way it can defend itself is to integrate those services", Weinstein said. Today, WhatsApp requires people to register only a phone number to sign up for the service.

Criticism of Facebook has included the social network being used as a platform to spread divisive or misleading information, as was the case during the 2016 election that put US President Donald Trump in the White House.

We reached out to Facebook for comment but had not heard back at time of writing.

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