Facebook has announced its plans to merge its three largest apps, Instagram, Messenger and Whatsapp. Although the platforms are going to remain in their own separate apps, they are going to be joined by one common infrastructure that is going to hold the data for all apps.
The idea of merging the apps is supposed to be there to create “the best messaging experiences”. “We want to build the best messaging experiences we can; and people want messaging to be fast, simple, reliable and private,” said Facebook in a statement.
From another perspective, one of the most logical reasons Facebook might want to merge the apps is to gather more data. Facebook has always been big on collecting data from its users, so it’s no surprise that it would come up with that decision, especially that an app like Whatsapp does not collect any data from the users except for their phone numbers.
On their behalf, Facebook issued a couple of statements reassuring the users that the messaging products are going to be end-to-end encrypted, in order to make sure the users’ privacy is kept safe.
However, there is no telling yet of how long it is going to take for the decision to actually take place. According to the BBC, Facebook said that it is going to be a “long process” in order to create a common base for all the apps to work on. Once completed, the merge is going to allow Facebook users to directly communicate with someone who only has a Whatsapp account.
It is worth mentioning that Facebook bought Instagram back in 2012 for approximately $1bn, before heading for Whatsapp 2 years later and buying it for about $19.3bn.
Something that cannot be denied is that Mark Zuckerberg is a man of business, and from everything that has happened in the past, we can tell that the CEO of Facebook will literally stop at nothing. Do you think that the merger is going to be a great tool to make communication much easier, or is it going to be an even bigger threat to our privacy than that which is present right now?