One unified messaging platform.
Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg has just announced that the company is planning to merge Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram as one unified platform. These apps will still work standalone, but the underlying network infrastructure will now be merged, bringing all the features including end-to-end encryption to all users. Combined, all three messaging platforms have over 2.6 billion users.
This also raises another batch of privacy concerns considering the recent issues faced by the social media company. Experts say that since user data is now unified on all platforms, it would be easier for someone to spy what they’re doing on Messenger along with WhatsApp and Instagram. Data sharing has been a common practice for most of these social networks despite repeated promises that their data is safe.
Basically, no changes to the experience will happen on the user’s side. But it does raise the question of how secure your messages really are. The merger is still in its early stages and will most likely happen only by the end of this year.
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