Facebook is merging Messenger, instagram and whatsapp into a single platform and people are not taking it well. The merge was confirmed by Facebook’s Ceo himself, Mark Zuckerberg.
According to Zuckerberg the merge won’t happen anytime before 2020, adding “The first reason I’m excited is moving more to end encryption by default in our products. People like this in WhatsApp. I think it’s the direction we should be going in. I think there’s an opportunity to have encryption work in a consistent way across the things that we’re doing.’’
The services are said to remain stand-alone apps but with unified infrastructure. Zuckerberg explained that the merger will bridge gaps in communication, allowing direct communication between users of different platforms.
Nonetheless, the merge is undoubtedly raising a lot of privacy concerns, as facebook’s history is marked with scandals regarding users’ data.
In 2018 Zuckerberg was summoned to court following the Cambridge Analytica controversy, after Christopher Wylie blew the whistle on the company harvesting data from millions of facebook users to target voters for the Trump Campaigns during the 2016 presidential elections.
The company also received backlash over the decision as Zuckerberg promised to keep Instagram independent from Facebook in 2012 , after he bought the app for 1 billion$. He wrote in a statement “We need to be mindful about keeping and building on Instagram’s strengths and features rather than just trying to integrate everything into Facebook”.