Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger users can message one another soon
While Facebook has a rather huge portfolio of messaging apps that includes its own Messenger, Instagram Direct Messaging, and WhatsApp, the social media giant plans to integrate all three messaging apps, enabling cross-messaging in the future.
According to an article by the New York Times, while the initiative will still let all three messaging services to work independently, they will share the same technical infrastructure. This means that all users—estimated to be 2.6 billion combined—will be able to message each other regardless of the messaging service they are using.
Aside from being able to connect with one another, the initiative aims to strengthen end-to-end encryption in order to address concerns over security and anti-trust issues. “We’re working on making more of our messaging products end-to-end encrypted and considering ways to make it easier to reach friends and family across networks,” Facebook said in a statement.
While they did not disclose plans on how they will pull this off, Facebook plans to complete the integration by late 2019 or early 2020.