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Technology Facebook's plan to integrate Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram might be tougher than it looks

23:25  08 november  2019
23:25  08 november  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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Like WhatsApp , Facebook Messenger and Instagram messages would be end-to-end encrypted, meaning messages couldn't be viewed by anyone outside the sender and recipient. The three apps would still be separate, but they'd be brought together under a single messaging platform or protocol.

( Facebook Messenger is a homegrown service spun off the main Facebook app in 2014.) WhatsApp and Instagram have grown tremendously since then The integration plan raises privacy questions because of how users’ data may be shared between services. WhatsApp currently requires only a

Facebook confirmed this year it's planning to add an extra layer of security to its messaging services as part of a plan to make it possible for WhatsApp , Messenger and Instagram users to send messages to one another without switching apps.

a group of people sitting in front of a television: WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton talks about end-to-end encryption during the WIRED25 conference in San Francisco on Friday. Getty Images for WIRED© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton talks about end-to-end encryption during the WIRED25 conference in San Francisco on Friday. Getty Images for WIRED

Like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Instagram messages would be end-to-end encrypted, meaning messages can't be viewed by anyone outside the sender and recipient. The plan might be harder for Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his team to pull off than it appears.

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"Mark has has set himself up with a very tall order and I think it's going to be years in the making," said Brian Acton, WhatsApp co-founder and executive chairman of the Signal Foundation at the WIRED25 in San Francisco. "The proof is really going to be in the pudding."

Facebook's plans to end-to-end encrypt Instagram and Facebook Messenger has raised concerns that it would make it harder for law enforcement to solve child exploitation crimes. Last month, government officials from the UK, US and Australia asked Facebook to pause these efforts.

Internally, Facebook executives have reportedly butted heads with Zuckerberg about plans to merge WhatsApp, Messenger and Instagram. Two of those executives, Facebook Chief Product Officer Chris Cox and Chris Daniels, who heads Facebook-owned messaging app WhatsApp, announced they were leaving Facebook in March.

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Facebook is planning on integrating its three popular messaging services – Instagram , WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger – so that they work closer For a start, it doesn’t look like Facebook is planning to completely merge the services (for now at least). Spreading end-to-end encryption to the

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Brian Acton et al. sitting in front of a television: WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton talks about end-to-end encryption during the WIRED25 conference in San Francisco on Friday.© Getty Images for WIRED

WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton talks about end-to-end encryption during the WIRED25 conference in San Francisco on Friday.

Acton, pointing out that foreign entities are interfering in elections, pushed for more encryption not less. While bad actors will also find ways to abuse technology, he said that good actors like lawyers, journalists, doctors, activists and press need stronger protections.

"We need more security. We don't need less," Acton said.

Acton, whose tweet "It is time. #deletefacebook" went viral last year, also said it was people's "personal choice" if they wanted to stop using the social network.

"If you want to be on Facebook and you want to have ads pressed in front of you...go to town. I mean that's your choice," he said.

Companies should explore other business models outside of advertising, which Facebook makes most of its money from, because it doesn't necessarily make the product better, he said.

"There should be more business model innovation in the internet in general," Acton said.

Facebook didn't immediately respond to questions about the status of its efforts to integrate WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger. The company plans to finish the work by the end of this year or early 2020, The New York Times reported in January.

Facebook Messenger requires a Facebook account to sign up now .
Before, you could sign up just with a phone number.Facebook made the move, which was earlier reported by VentureBeat, because "the vast majority of people who use Messenger already log in through Facebook and we want to simplify the process," a Facebook spokeswoman said in a statement. Existing Messenger accounts that aren't tied to Facebook profiles won't need to make any changes, for now.

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