Facebook plans to integrate its three instant messaging apps WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Instagram's instant messaging feature. The plans come from Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's CEO, himself, the New York Times reports.
Historically, the three apps were targeted at different audiences with different uses and structures. Zuckerberg insisted even when Facebook first acquired that Instagram and WhatsApp had some autonomy from their new owners. Lately, features have appeared in all three areas – such as Instagram stories and Facebook stories, as well as the WhatsApp status – but the underlying structure of the apps has been different and different. Apparently not for long. The change is expected between the end of the year and the beginning of next year.
Zuckerberg said that the three apps will remain separate and separate, but their technical infrastructure will be the same. With this change, users can also get notified from all three apps without having to change platforms.
In this step, every communication is encrypted end-to-end and only visible to users and no other person. Currently, only WhatsApp offers this option as the default option. Facebook Messenger allows encryption only in secret conversations that can be accessed from the app. However, this is not the default. Instagram does not have that kind of thing. So that's good news for privacy, but only if done correctly. And given the success story of Facebook, people have every right to be skeptical.
"[T] His move might be good or bad for security / privacy," says Matthew Green, professor of computer science at the Johns Hopkins Information Security Institute said in a Twitter thread on the Plans: "Given Facebook's recent history and financial motives, I would not put my lunch on" good. "Now is a good time to remove important conversations from these services."
There are also different registration requirements when You need your Facebook identity for Messenger, an Instagram email, and your WhatsApp phone number There are clear concerns about how the metadata from future interactions between users will be used on the Facebook platform People may not want their identities unified on these platforms, and they might not want to would rather opt for a rejection. It is still unclear what guarantees will be created to address these concerns.
This tight integration is a major turning point in the way the three platforms continue to operate today, and many speculate that this is part of the reason why both Instagram and WhatsApp founders last year have resigned from their board functions on Facebook.
[H/T: New York Times]