Facebook Plans To Integrate Its Messaging Services On WhatsApp, Messenger, And Instagram

Users will be able to communicate with anyone on the currently separate apps.

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Facebook will be linking WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Instagram in order to allow messages to travel between the different services

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Believed to be a personal project of its founder Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook told the BBC it had already begun the "long process" and is expected to be completed by the end of 2019 or early 2020.

Until now, WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger have been run as independent, competing products

The merger would mean that a user of one app could communicate directly with anyone on one of the other apps.

This is currently impossible as the applications have no common core.

The Facebook founder is reportedly pushing the integration plan to make its trinity of services more useful and increase the amount of time spent on the apps

"We want to build the best messaging experiences we can; and people want messaging to be fast, simple, reliable and private," said Facebook in a statement.

It added that, "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."

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According to a report by the New York Times, Zuckerberg's championing of the plan to connect the messaging system had caused "internal strife" and was part of the reason that the founders of both Instagram and WhatsApp left last year.

In September, Facebook revealed that 30 million accounts were affected in a "security incident":

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