Link: Facebook Plans to Integrate WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger ☍

Shared on January 28, 2019

Mike Isaac for The New York Times:

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, plans to integrate the social network’s messaging services — WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger — asserting his control over the company’s sprawling divisions at a time when its business has been battered by scandal.

The services will continue to operate as stand-alone apps, but their underlying technical infrastructure will be unified, said four people involved in the effort. That will bring together three of the world’s largest messaging networks, which between them have more than 2.6 billion users, allowing people to communicate across the platforms for the first time.

The move has the potential to redefine how billions of people use the apps to connect with one another while strengthening Facebook’s grip on users, raising antitrust, privacy and security questions. It also underscores how Mr. Zuckerberg is imposing his authority over units he once vowed to leave alone.

This isn’t surprising—it makes business sense to integrate all of your products and have them play nicely. Unfortunately, this move may drive away those who don’t enjoy Facebook, but use some of its “other” services.

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