Instagram, WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger ‘to merge’

Instagram, Facebook and WhatsApp are to merge – with a deadline set for next year.

While all three will remain stand-alone apps, they’ll be linked so that messages can travel between the different services.

The functionality would be shared allowing users on Instagram to text people on WhatsApp.

You could even message someone on Instagram without ever actually having an Instagram account.

The shake-up was revealed by the New York Times and later confirmed by Facebook.

The plan is said to be a pet project of founder Mark Zuckerberg, who wants to increase the amount of time we spend online.

In a statement, Facebook said: ‘We want to build the best messaging experiences we can – and people want messaging to be fast, simple, reliable and private.

‘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 networks.’

The joining-together is said to involve ‘thousands of Facebook employees’ re-designing all three apps from the most basic level upwards.

Facebook is still in the early stages of the work and plans to complete it by early 2020.

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