Facebook to merge WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger

A spokesperson from social media giant Facebook has announced that the platform plans to merge messaging platforms WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger, according to a New York Times report.

The spokesperson claimed that the merger would deliver a “fast, simple, reliable and private” messaging platform intended to create “the best messaging experiences” for users. Although the apps are expected to remain distinct from one another, the core infrastructure will be combined into one, according to experts. The merger is expected to take place early next year even though no official details have been released.

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Facebook acquired photo-sharing platform Instagram for approximately $1 billion (£761 million) in 2012, before taking over the messaging app WhatsApp in 2014 for an estimated $19.3 billion (£14.7bn).

The original founders of the app have since left Facebook, but the apps themselves have experienced dynamic growth in popularity. The decision to merge these platforms is contradictory to statements by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who stated the platforms would remain separate from Facebook.

One of the main concerns of the said merger is the privacy of users’ data. Given Facebook’s past and ongoing efforts to prove innocence against allegations of privacy breach, this merger can’t but attract scrutiny and arched eyebrows. It will be a technically challenging task to merge privacy configurations and data from three separate platforms.

The process might get shady given lack of user awareness regarding privacy issues. There is still a year’s time between now and the merger actually happening. Facebook needs to be absolutely crystal clear about the progress of their proceedings to retain user trust. As of now, we’re not quite sure how to feel about this and can only nervously await further proceedings.  

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