Facebook to Integrate the Messaging Functions of Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp

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For nearly a year now, Facebook has been working behind the scenes to create a Facebook Messenger "unsend" feature that would allow you to permanently delete messages you've sent to others from both your side ...

Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram will be merging into a "single messaging service" next year, according to reports. If users interact more frequently with Facebook's apps, the company may also be able to build up its advertising business or add new services to make money, they said. That could make it easier for Facebook to track users' activities across its family of apps and target ads more effectively.

Such a change was claimed to mean a user on WhatsApp could send a message to someone on Facebook Messenger seamlessly.

Further complicating this unification process is WhatsApp's current default inclusion of end-to-end encryption, which protects messages from being viewed by anyone who isn't participating in a conversation. Employees at WhatsApp and Instagram balked as their apps lost their once-promised autonomy under their parent company.

While all three will remain stand-alone apps, at a much deeper level they will be linked so messages can travel between the different services.

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"We did not anticipate all of the risks from connecting so many people", Sandberg said on Wednesday.

Facebook's branches seem to be slowly merging together. "Mr. Zuckerberg floated the idea for months and began to promote it to employees more heavily toward the end of 2018", NYT reports.

In October, Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger left Facebook after reportedly clashing with CEO Mark Zuckerberg over the direction of the photo sharing app. Instagram was acquired by Facebook in 2012. While the social media network allows users to control advertisers' access to that data, the information is used for detecting "fraud or fake accounts" and Facebook does not "let them control how we use it for security", Zuckerberg said. According to the report, all the services would now use end to end encryption, but other privacy concerns have anxious WhatsApp employees so much they have or are planning to leave. Facebook and Messenger ask for real identities. The benefits are myriad, including the potential advertising-related benefits as well as giving Facebook a way to feed off the popularity of its other apps.

We reached out to Facebook for comment but had not heard back at time of writing.

Last year WhatsApp founder Jan Koum suddenly resigned from his position at Facebook, reportedly over privacy issues. Eventually, that could lead to new ad opportunities or services for profit, said one of the people.