Facebook is reportedly planning to integrate its three messaging platforms – WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook Messenger to allow its users to message each other across platforms.
The integration aimed to create the best messaging experience for its users around the world.
The apps would remain distinct from each other but the back-end connections among the three apps would grow into one master messaging platform. For instance, a WhatsApp user would be able to message an Instagram user without switching the application.
All three apps will provide end-to-end encryption but Facebook is yet to provide a timeline for when this integration happens.
So far only WhatsApp messages are end-to-end encrypted. By doing this Facebook is adding end-to-end encryption to Instagram messages also. This move will bring the advance level of security and privacy to Instagram users.
Facebook will also begin encrypting Facebook Messenger by default, which required users to manually switch on the feature.
End-to-end encrypted messages can’t be read by anyone not even Facebook excluding the sender and the recipient.
“We want to build the best messaging experiences we can; and people want to message to be fast, simple, reliable and private,” told by a Facebook spokesperson. “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.”
“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,” the spokesperson said.