Facebook plans to integrate its messaging services — WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger.
The move, reported in the NYT, will require Facebook to reconfigure how WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger function at their most basic levels. While all three services will continue operating as stand-alone apps, their underlying messaging infrastructure will be unified, the paper reported.
It is also said that CEO Mark Zuckerberg has also ordered all of the apps to incorporate end-to-end encryption, a significant step that protects messages from being viewed by anyone except the participants in the conversation.
By integrating the apps’ infrastructure Zuckerberg wants to increase the utility of the social network, keeping its billions of users highly engaged inside its ecosystem.