NEW YORK, NNC - Tech giant Facebook is reportedly considering combining its three messaging service platforms, WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger. This merger allows users to send inter-platform messaging for the first time.
Citing the New York Times, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said, the process would involve recoding basic software from three applications to ensure they could be operated as planned.
A WhatsApp user will be able to send text messages to Instagram users for the first time without needing to switch applications.
Recoding the software will also involve activating end-to-end encryption (E2E) in all three applications, according to Mike Isaac of the New York Times.
Meanwhile all WhatsApp messages will use that security feature, which prevents anyone, including Facebook itself, from intercepting or censoring messages.
Facebook Messenger only supports E2E in special "secure conversation" mode, which is not active by default and must be activated separately for each chat, while Instagram has no encryption at all.
Although E2E is a valuable security measure for users, E2E can make Facebook unable to scan messages as part of its advertising business.
This technology also gets opposition from law enforcement organizations, because it inhibits their ability to intercept suspected communications in real time.