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