Facebook is working on merging WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger together.
The BBC is reporting that the company plans to link their messaging services so messages sent can be viewed between different platforms, however all three services are to still be separate apps.
This is believed to be a personal project of the CEO of Facebook, which owns Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger. Zuckerberg is pushing the services together to increase time spent on them and make them more useful. Once complete, this will mean someone who has WhatsApp can communicate with an Instagram user that doesn't have an account with that service.
The merge is expected to be finished by early 2020 or late 2019 and has 'already started'. In a statement, Facebook told the BBC that it was the 'start of a long process':
"We want to build the best messaging experiences we can; and people want messaging to be fast, simple, reliable and private," 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,
This massive change would effectively grant much more power to Facebook and allow it to control the other companies. Currently, they work individually and each have full control over their products.
Also importantly to note is the fact that this is coming after Facebook was under fire for sharing and inappropiarlty dealing with users's data. This has caused many to delete their accounts on services associated with the tech giant.
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