As per the report of the New York Times, Facebook plans to integrate its messaging services on Instagram, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. Even after the Instagram WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger merger three services will continue operating as stand-alone apps but their underlying messaging infrastructure will be unified, according to four people involved in the effort.
As per the report, plan is a personal project of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Once complete, the merger would mean that a Facebook user could communicate directly with someone who only has a WhatsApp account. This is currently impossible as the applications have no common core.
The work to merge the three elements has already begun, reported the NYT, and is expected to be completed by the end of 2019 or early next year.
Mr Zuckerberg is reportedly pushing the integration plan to make its trinity of services more useful and increase the amount of time people spend on them.
“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.
“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,” it added.
The statement said there was a lot of “discussion and debate” about how the system would eventually work.
Instagram WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger merger marks a significant change at Facebook as before now it has let Instagram and WhatsApp operate as largely independent companies.
The NYT claimed that Mr Zuckerberg’s championing of the plan to connect the messaging system had caused “internal strife”. It was part of the reason that the founders of both Instagram and WhatsApp left last year.
The decision comes as Facebook faces repeated investigations and criticisms over the way it has handled and safeguarded user data.
Currently WhatsApp is working on the dark mode of the Application, which is the most anticipated feature by the users.