Facebook has plans to integrate its three hugely popular messaging apps – Whatsapp, Instagram, and Facebook Messenger – to ensure seamless interconnectivity between them.
According to a New York Times report, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO, has mandated its developers to “reconfigure how WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger function at their most basic levels.”
The plan to integrate the messaging apps, which have a combined 2.6 billion users world-wide, doesn’t mean they’ll be morphed into one single app, it just means that users will be able to communicate from any of the apps to another.
In simple terms, if I’m on Whatsapp, I can chat with someone on Instagram without leaving Whatsapp, and vice-versa.
However, for those who might have security concerns, all three apps will have to use an end-to-end encryption, which is a security measure that ensures that people outside of conversations cannot read, or intercept, private messages – It already exists on Whatsapp.
Facebook is targeting end of this year or, latest, early 2020 to complete the project.