A new report out of The New York Times suggests Facebook is gearing up to make a pretty significant change to the way users communicate over the company’s messaging platforms. In the report, it’s said Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has ordered a rebuild of the underlying infrastructure of Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram that would allow users of those platforms to message each other across apps. The technical details behind this aren’t known, and no timeline for when the project would be complete wasn’t given.
If this change eventually rolls out to users, it would mean anybody who uses Facebook Messenger, Instagram or WhatsApp would be able to communicate with anybody who uses Facebook’s messaging platforms. So no matter what your preferred messaging method is, you won’t have a problem with staying in touch with friends, family, and anybody else you come in contact with.
In the same report, NYT also states Zuckerberg has ordered for end-to-end encryption for messages sent in Instagram Direct and Facebook Messenger. The latter already has an option for sending encrypted messages, but it lives in a dedicated mode that not a lot of people actually utilize.
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This is a big change to the way Facebook’s services work right now. Therefore, don’t expect any user-facing updates to arrive until the distant future. Of course, development updates are expected to surface from Facebook itself, but as far as changes to any of the apps mentioned above, it could be a while until they show up.