Hang about, what's all this about a WhatsApp, Instagram, Messenger merger now?

Hang about, what's all this about a WhatsApp, Instagram, Messenger merger now?

Messenger came in as just a messaging service while Instagram has a heavy emphasis on media such as images or videos even though both served as a platform for real-time sharing of ideas and thoughts.

The Data Protection Commission (DPC) in Ireland yesterday (28 January) issued a statement saying that while it is aware the project is in its infancy, it has still requested an urgent briefing on what exactly is being proposed.

The plan, confirmed by Facebook last week, would reportedly entail unifying the private messaging systems of Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram behind the scenes while preserving them as separate apps.

WhatsApp now needs the user's phone number to create an account whereas Facebook Messenger requires a user to provide their identity.

"Facebook says it wants to make it easier for people to communicate across its "ecosystem" of apps".

Some advocates for children who previously criticized Facebook's Messenger Kids - the messaging app designed for children 12 and younger - are reiterating calls for Facebook to end that service.

According to some ex Facebook security engineers and a third-party encryption expert, the plan could be a positive move in the direction of user privacy, especially if the end-to-end encryption happens.

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In other words, he claims that Facebook's reported metrics overestimate the number of real monthly active users by adding up fake and duplicate accounts, and the real number of accounts on FB is much less than that. Acquiring companies tend to promise they'll leave a purchased asset alone, but it never lasts - for mostly good reason.

Zuckerberg's decision to merge his empire's messaging services certainly fulfils his often-stated dream of connecting the world, but many employees of Instagram and WhatsApp are unhappy with the move - not least because Zuckerberg promised them independence. McDonald's, for example, can allocate a pool of advertising money to Facebook, and the company's computerized system chooses to show some Big Mac commercials on Instagram and others on the main Facebook social network.

Each service would still exist is a standalone app, so users will not be forced to download another new app.

It is becoming more hard for these companies to monetize their apps for advertising business, especially as more people are becoming increasingly aware of the need to protect their privacy.

It may be early days for Facebook's plan to integrate Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram, but one regulator already wants answers.

What features will be available as part of cross-platform messaging?

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