The move isn't something that Facebook's more than 2 billion users have been asking for.
The three services would remain separate apps, but their infrastructure behind the scenes would be the same. The goal is to allow people who may use one platform to send messages to someone on another platform. The firm won't be actually merging itself (Facebook Messenger) with WhatsApp and Instagram but will instead be integrating its messaging services. Below are some of the pointers to help users understand what the integration of WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger mean. Employees at WhatsApp and Instagram balked as their apps lost their once-promised autonomy under their parent company. The chief executive now believes tighter integration will benefit Facebook's entire "family of apps" over the long term by making them more useful, the person said. Insiders say their frustration was greater involvement by Zuckerberg with the goal of bringing both services further into the Facebook "family" of apps.
According to a recent study from the Pew Research Center, most Americans are not even aware that Facebook bought Instagram in 2012 and WhatsApp in 2014 (a decision that one of WhatsApp's co-founders now regrets), but the three platforms are apparently on the verge of getting a lot cozier.
For those concerned about the complexity of this model, Zuckerberg highlighted that in an ordinary transaction, you pay a company for a product or service it provides.
The move is now slated for either late this year or 2020 and will involve some fundamental rewrites to how each platform now works according to sources citied by the New York Times.
"We want to build the best messaging experiences we can; and people want messaging to be fast, simple, reliable and private", Facebook explained in a new statement.
Interestingly, Mark Zuckerberg's op-ed came just hours after CCN spotlighted a damning 70-page report suggesting that more than half of Facebook accounts are fake. After all, WhatsApp now requires a phone number to sign up while Instagram and Messenger require email addresses and identities.
The leading social network is behind free, stand-alone smartphone apps Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp.
We reached out to Facebook for comment but had not heard back at time of writing.
WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton, who left the company previous year to start a foundation, urged people to delete their Facebook accounts in March 2018 over privacy concerns and gave an push to the #DeleteFacebook movement. Eventually, that could lead to new ad opportunities or services for profit, said one of the people.