Facebook Messenger, Whatsapp and the Instagram private messaging system will be unified in a standalone Facebook messaging app, according to the New York Times.
The source has information provided by Facebook employees who revealed that Mark Zuckerberg asked for the reconfiguration of all messaging services Facebook owns to be able to communicate with each other, allowing users to communicate regardless if they have accounts on all platforms or not.
According to The New York Times, all three messaging services will be reconfigured on a new messaging technology. This will allow each app to send messages to the other two, users being able to continue to use their favorite app when sending messages, photos or videos to their friends. Mark Zuckerberg thinks that this way users will find it easier to use messaging apps.
This is not going to be an easy task and will not be implemented very soon. The new unified messaging platform will only be ready by the end of 2019 or the beginning of 2020, and the functionality will need to be adapted for each service. Facebook even offered some official statements saying that the company wants to provide fast and secure messaging services users can rely on, and this is why all three services will benefit from encryption.
This also confirms the reasons why Instagram and Whatsapp founders decided to leave. When Instagram and WhatApp were purchased, Facebook promised complete independence, but this long “honeymoon” period is coming to an end. After the recent scandals regarding data security, Mark Zuckerberg changed the way Facebook’s services are organized and he’s planning to making them communicate with each other better and more securely.
The new initiative also comes to suggest that in the case of another “Cambridge Analytica” scandal, the users private data can be “stolen” from multiple services at the same time. Basically, the Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp accounts of a single user being merged into a single account, or at least there will be the possibility of interconnecting these accounts.
After these plans were revealed, a few WhatsApp employees left the company as they were not satisfied with the vague and “around the bush” answers Mark Zuckerberg offered during a meeting that took place in December. Out of all messaging services owned by Facebook, only WhatsApp provides message encryption and stores the least data about users.