In massive news for Facebook, the social media platform that billions of individuals use across the world; its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg wants to integrate all of the messaging services involved with the platform. Specifically, Zuckerberg wants to tie Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger, and Instagram in together on an infrastructure level.
The effort will certainly take a significant amount of time and effort. Employees at the company point out that this will require thousands of employees to tinker with how exactly these messaging apps function at even the most basic level. The apps will still be standalone apps – however, they will be connected by an underlying infrastructure. The company hopes to achieve this within a year’s span – either by the end of 2019 or by early 2020.
For those who are wondering about privacy issues – Zuckerberg plans on end-to-end encryption for the apps, which means that messages will be protected from outside viewers. This is obviously significant given the fact that the company has been racked by various privacy scandals, including the Cambridge Analytica scandal that affected the company’s stock earlier this year, and the data breach that occurred several months later, as well.