Report: Plans To Integrate WhatsApp, IG & FB

January 25, 2019

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, plans to integrate the social network’s messaging services of WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger, according to a story in The New York Times.

While they are all owned by the same company, the three social networks and messaging services operate separately now, with their services extremely popular across the world and in Bermuda.

The story said, “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 plan — which is in the early stages, with a goal of completion by the end of this year or early 2020 — requires thousands of Facebook employees to reconfigure how WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger function at their most basic levels, said the people involved in the effort, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the matter is confidential.”

“‘As you would expect, there is a lot of discussion and debate as we begin the long process of figuring out all the details of how this will work,’ Facebook said in a statement.

“WhatsApp, which Facebook bought in 2014 for $19bn, and Instagram, which was purchased in 2012 for $715m, had been operated relatively independently within Facebook until they grew to become more important parts of Facebook’s business,” Fin24 report.

You can read the full story here on The New York Times.

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