Facebook plans to merge WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger, is your privacy secure?

There is quite hard-working going on Facebook nowadays, CEO Mark Zuckerberg who plans to rearchitect WhatsApp, Instagram direct messages, and Facebook Messenger so that messages can travel across any of the platforms. The New York Times first reported the move on 25th January, noting also that Zuckerberg wants the initiative to "incorporate end-to-end encryption." " Melding those infrastructures would be a massive task regardless, but designing the scheme to universally preserve end-to-end encryption—in a way that users understand—poses a whole additional set of critical challenges. As things stand now, WhatsApp chats are end-to-end encrypted by default, while Facebook Messenger only offers the feature if you turn on "Secret Conversations."

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Facebook basically wants to make it easier for people to participate in conversations across its various messaging platforms. The plan which is in the early stages, with a goal of completion by the end of this year or early 2020 requires thousands of Facebook employees to reconfigure how WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger function at their most basic levels.

It may sound easy and efficient however there is a claim of privacy alarm. If these three platforms are merged, some people concern their privacy may get stolen as there is going to be one platform instead of three. The decision to merge these services has both lawmakers and privacy advocates scratching their heads. Zuckerberg has already stated plans to make each of the three messaging apps encrypted, but the real question is how.

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WhatsApp was one of the first messaging services to offer end-to-end encryption, while Messenger offers customizable encryption features that need to be turned on manually. Instagram, however, offers no such protections (or options).

Encrypted messaging has long been supported by privacy advocates who fear governments or hackers may gain access to people’s personal messages. But it will raise other issues for Facebook, particularly related to its ability to spot and curb the spread of illicit activity or disinformation.

Last year, researchers had trouble tracking disinformation on WhatsApp before the Brazilian presidential election, before eventually finding ways to do so. WhatsApp has recently placed limits on how many times a message can be forwarded on the service, in an effort to reduce the distribution of false content.

Personally, this integrating idea may be easier and beneficial for the users however Facebook needs to build up its users’ privacy wall observantly otherwise this plan may create thousands of problem for users.