>> Facebook, Whatsapp and Instagram users will soon be able to message each other regardless of what app their friends are using. So a Facebook user can message a Whatsapp user and so on. Because Facebook, which joins the other two services, re-rolling out a unified infrastructure for them. That's according to a New York Times reports on Friday which cited four people involved in the move.
The company also plans to incorporate end to end encryption into the apps, which will still remain distinct platforms. One possible reason for a move toward a unification is the suggestion that Facebook could face anti-trust problems in the future for cornering the market on messenger services. Now Facebook can argue the three apps are a single service.
The New York Times also reported that users will be able to encrypt their messages to each other across the platforms, which may be a boon for privacy advocates. However, the tech does not always conceal a user's metadata, for example, a user's location or who they're talking to. Facebook has previously come under fire over the way it safeguarded user data and advertising programs.
A Facebook spokesperson said they're still figuring out the details of how to connect their networks.