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Setback to Your Social Media Detox— Zuckerburg Plans to Integrate Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp
If you ask any millennial about their New Year resolution, they’ll most likely say,” Social media detox.” Well as famous this term is amongst youngsters, as saddening it will be to see their plans getting washed away. Before you start contemplating, let me spill the beans for you.
CEO of the social media giant Mark Zuckerberg plans to integrate WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook messenger by 2020. However, he asserted that the services will continue to operate as standalone apps but their underlying technical forefront will be unified. Well, this bold move can be anticipated to change the future of social media and how we use our favorite instant messaging apps.
This also means by the end of 2020 we’ll be able to see more than 2.6 billion users, from the world’s largest messaging networks communicating across the platforms for the first time. This move will redefine how billions of people use these apps to connect with one another and at the same time strengthen Facebook’s grip on users.
This step indeed streamlines the communication process amongst the apps but raises a couple of issues— For signing into WhatsApp, you only require a phone number, while Instagram and Facebook require more personal information to register. The idea of integrating these three may cause a stir among those who want to keep their information private.
On this, he told the New York Times that they want to build the best messaging experiences they can; and people want messaging to be fast, simple, reliable and private. He further added that they are working on making their messaging products end to end encrypted and would like to offer unified ways to the users to communicate with their family and friends.
Mr. Zuckerberg bought Instagram in 2012 and WhatsApp in 2014. At the time of their acquisition, he promised to allow the company’s operations to run independently. But in recent years, clashes between the respective founders and Zuckerberg resulted in their departure.
This is Sharon Winget, Staff Writer with GoodFirms, a review and rating platform of top IT companies & software. A tech geek at heart, I strongly believe technology can transform societies. I enjoy blogging about web design, email marketing, and content marketing.