Facebook makes plans to unify Messenger and sister applications’ Instagram and WhatsApp, blending these chat services and their function to be able to message one another across differing platforms.
Although they will remain as standalone apps, Mark Zuckerberg—Facebook’s Chief Executive Officer—declares that he has a plan to integrate the social network’s messaging service.
According to a report by The New York Times, Zuckerberg is “asserting his control” during a period when the company’s in a difficult state. Facebook expresses in their statement that they wanted to “build the best messaging experiences we can; and people want messaging to be fast, simple, reliable and private”, making it easier for family and friends to reach out to one another across networks.
The company bought Instagram in the year 2012 and WhatsApp during 2014, adding those in the growing family of Facebook’s applications. Albeit the mentioned applications were supposed to run independently under Facebook, its primary founders have left in the wake of power struggles and disagreements over advertising strategies.
How will it be possible, though, to integrate these messaging apps differing in platforms? Zuckerberg affirms he plans to incorporate end-to-end encryption if not by late 2019, then somewhere in early 2020.
This would mean that, once successful, Facebook users could communicate directly with a person who, for example, only has a WhatsApp account. This would also mean, however, that there will be a huge reconfiguration by thousands of Facebook’s employees to even make the whole idea a reality.
Therefore, it is a long process, but it’s definitely a thought Zuckerberg is not going to lose sight of. What do you think of Facebook’s upcoming major change?