Facebook is reportedly working on integrating its messaging features into all its platforms — Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp — a maneuver that could protect the social media giant from a potential breakup by government regulators.
The directive, which came from CEO Mark Zuckerberg, will unify the messaging infrastructure of the massively popular apps, as well as incorporate end-to-end encryption for all communications, according to a New York Times report.
The three services will continue to operate as standalone apps after the transition, which is still in its infancy and is expected to be completed in 2020.
The end result will allow Messenger users to communicate with anyone on Facebook-owned WhatsApp or Instagram, regardless of whether or not they have an account on the other platforms.
How Facebook will go about creating the central chat room is still being worked out. In a statement, a Facebook spokesperson said that the company wants to “build the best messaging experiences we can.”
The spokesperson told The Post, “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.”
The plan to intertwine the previously independent platforms comes after the CEOs of both Instagram and WhatsApp quit following reported clashes over Zuckerberg’s vision for the social network.
According to the report, several WhatsApp employees plan to quit over the new directive from Zuckerberg, noting that he failed to give them a satisfying answer for why he wants to merge the services.
Creating a common thread between the apps also serves as a defense against any potential regulatory breakup of the social network, as progressive groups have been lobbying the Federal Trade Commission to split
Facebook into several smaller companies.