JEDDAH: Facebook is working to integrate the three messaging
services it owns — Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger.
The three apps will continue to be available independently, but the
underlying infrastructure that powers them will be unified.
Work on the plan is at an early stage but Facebook aims to complete
it by the end of 2019 or in early 2020,
The merger is the brainchild of Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg, the
New York Times reported. It is aimed at increasing activity among
the social networking platform’s billions of users, while luring
them away from rival messaging services.
Facebook said it wanted to “build the best messaging experiences
we can; and people want messaging to be fast, simple, reliable and
It added: “We’re working on making more of our messaging
products end-to-end encrypted and are considering ways to make it
easier to reach friends and families across networks.”
Mishal Alsowayan, 31, a Saudi marketing manager with 20,000
followers across a range of social networking platforms, said:
“We use Facebook less in the region nowadays and I don’t think
this will affect the way I use apps. If it does improve quality on
all three apps then I would be more willing to use it on a regular
Alsowayan also had security concerns about the merging of the
services. Combining the messaging services has raised questions
about how Facebook will protect customer data.
WhatsApp requires users to register only a phone number. Facebook
and Messenger ask for real identities. Matching Facebook and
Instagram users to their WhatsApp IDs may concern those who prefer
keeping their use of each app separate.
“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,” Facebook said.
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Message from Facebook: WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger to be integrated