Facebook has had its share of scandals in the last couple of years—the last few months being the most difficult for the social media giant. Regardless, Mark Zuckerberg wants to assert his authority on his three major apps including WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger. If doing this is what is required to improve Facebook’s rating in the eyes of critics, then maybe it is worth the effort. According to The New York Times, Facebook is working to interconnect its trio of app of Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram.
The plan according to the report, is to allow for cross-messaging between all three. Each service is expected to remain as a standalone app, while the underlying infrastructure will be rebuilt. The end result is so that users might use only one of Facebook’s properties to communicate with others within the same ecosystem. Just like in WhatsApp, all three apps will support end-to-end encryption.
Citing people familiar with the story, The New York Times reports that the essence is to allow cross-messaging between all three apps. Besides getting its users engaged on all three platforms, it is difficult to see past Facebook’s plan to boost its revenue through merging all three apps.
“We want to build the best messaging experiences we can; and people want messaging to be fast, simple, reliable and private,” a Facebook spokesperson said 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.”
The worry for me is, how Facebook handles the issue of privacy as it is almost certain that data will be shared among all three of them. How do I engage other users across all three apps without exposing my phone number, personal data, and other vital information? That is the big question begging for answers—and hopefully it does not become a big issue later.
“As you would expect, there is a lot of discussion and debate as we begin the long process of figuring out all the details of how this will work,” Facebook said in a statement per The New York Times.
Concerns would be raised, and how Facebook deals with them would be of great interest to privacy watchdogs and other interested parties.
Facebook rolled out the new look Messenger, which lays to rest months of speculation surrounding the messaging app. Recalled that Facebook announced that it was working on a new design for the messaging app during last year’s F8 developer conference. The app has been listed on both the App Store and the Google Play Store.
The update shows that Facebook Messenger is now spotting a new interface, and is confirmed to be available across iOS and Android operating systems. That said, it could take a couple of days before the update becomes widely available to every user, the company said in a tweet.