Facebook plans to allow users of its Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp services to send messages to each other, reports the New York Times. The function should be in place by 2020.
When implemented, the measure will allow an Instagram user to send a message to his friend who only has a Facebook account.
Although the three applications will remain independent, their internal operation will have to be completely revised, according to the New York daily. Facebook also wants to implement an end-to-end encryption system on all these messaging services, as is the case now with WhatsApp. Users could therefore send messages more difficult to intercept.
According to the New York Times , Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg hopes to increase the rate of use of its services and compete with messaging systems such as Google and Apple.
“We want to build the best messaging experience we can. Users want fast, reliable and private service, “said a Facebook representative on a daily basis.
Instagram and WhatsApp were formerly independent businesses. They were bought by Facebook and 2012 and in 2014, respectively. At the time, Mark Zuckerberg promised that these applications would retain a lot of autonomy within the company.
Last spring, WhatsApp founder Jan Koum resigned from Facebook’s board of directors without providing any explanation.
In September, Instagram’s founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger also suddenly left the company.
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