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>> 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.
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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.
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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.
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A Facebook spokesperson said they're still figuring out the details of how to connect their networks.