Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram may be integrated by the end of 2019

Facebook, WhatsApp, Messenger, Instagram

Facebook is working on integrating its three social apps for chat and photo sharing – Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram with end-to-end encryption.

At first it may get you with an impression that all of these apps and/or services will be merged, but that’s not the case. Instead, Facebook is intending to allow cross-messaging between Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram.

Each of the apps will continue to work standalone as they already do, reported The NYT. You won’t need to install and use all of these apps for the sake of communication. For instance, if you use only WhatsApp, you may be able to communicate with your friends who use Instagram.

Transitioning will require the reconfiguration of all the three apps by “thousands of Facebook employees”. All the apps will need rework at their basic levels. The plan, as revealed to the Times, is in its early stages and should complete by the end of 2019 or early 2020.

Facebook, in an official statement to the Verge, said that the company wants to give best experience to its users with “fast, simple, reliable and private messaging.” The Facebook spokesperson also stated that the company is working to make its “messaging products end-to-end encrypted.”

“We’re 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. As you would expect, there is a lot of discussion and debate as we begin the long process of figuring out all the details of how this will work.” said Facebook spokesperson.

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