CEO Mark Zuckerberg is also said to have asked for encrypted messaging on Instagram and Messenger.

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.

“We want to build the best messaging experiences we can; and people want messaging to be fast, simple, reliable and private,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement to The Verge. “We’re working on making more of our messaging products end-to-end encrypted and considering ways to make it easier to reach friends and family across networksAs you would expect, there is a lot of discussion and debate as we begin the long process of figuring out all the details of how this will work.”

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.

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