Facebook will integrate the messaging services of WhatApp, Instagram and Messenger with the idea of creating a large communication infrastructure available and encrypted. The New York Times reported this, writing the claims to sources within society.
In the ideas of the Facebook creator, Mark Zuckerberg, applications must remain usable individually. The infrastructure underlying the project will be integrated.
A substantial job, which will take about a year.
Facebook expects the unified messaging system to be available between the end of the current year and 2020.
This marks a change of course from the statements Zuckerberg made at the time of Instagram and WhatsApp acquisitions, when he promised that the applications would remain autonomous.
There are not few doubts that the New York Times revelation has led to the emergence of fundamental issues of privacy and content security, for which Facebook has been the subject of criticism and investigation, in relation to interference in democratic elections and the spread of misinformation with
For this purpose, the American newspaper said, Zuckerberg explicitly asked that all applications include end-to-end encryption. This is an important element in protecting messages from being seen by anyone but by participants in a conversation.
In a communication from some time ago Facebook stressed that he wanted to work to make my own end-to-end encrypted messaging products and consider ways to make it easier to reach friends and family through available networks.
Beyond these implications, what is clear is that Facebook intends to keep users’ involvement in its communication system high, also because the messaging landscape sees Google and Apple rival directly.
So Facebook is assigning direct communication tools the task of creating infrastructure to increase its advertising revenue and create new services.
As the New York Times also notes, unifying the infrastructure for WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger is technically a challenging operation. You want to know why the difference between Messenger, Instagram and, WhatsApp is that the latter does not store messages asking the user for minimum data, based on phone number and not identity. But it is also the only service that currently uses end-to-end encryption by default.