Just a few days after putting message forwarding limit on WhatsApp, Mark Zuckerberg’s messaging apps are again in news. This time, Facebook is combining chat functions of WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger. As per reports, the new update will allow users to break social barriers and send messages from one platform to another.
For example- A WhatsApp user will be able to chat with an Instagrammer. Facebook will merge these different apps, but they will still remain separate apps on a smartphone. The parent company has not socially said anything about the app integration, but sources say that Facebook confirmed the merge to the New York Times.
Although the integration of WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger chats may make it a lot easier for users to handle their friends from different platforms, Zuckerberg’s employees aren’t happy with the decision. Sources close to the company revealed that the new change will lead to a strategic shift in Facebook.
What Are Employees Saying?
As per the sources, the thought of working together is making employees from different platforms uncomfortable. Earlier, people working in Instagram and WhatsApp were working separately. After the new update, they may have to share information with each other or work as one team.
It is being believed that Zuckerberg is behind the move. In a statement, an individual close to the company said that the motive behind integrating three apps is to make it easier for users to contact friends on different apps.
The sources also disclosed that some employees even tried to talk to Zuckerberg to understand the real reason behind the merge, but the Facebook CEO didn’t give a satisfactory reply. This led to some furious employees leaving or planning to leave the company. Many Facebook employees believe that privacy and encryption features of WhatsApp may hurt Facebook messaging services.
Facebook has not revealed how the integration will be done, but it is believed that the company is not going to compromise with the value of WhatsApp or Instagram. There are also reports that the company will launch the new feature by the end of 2019 or early next year.
Facebook bought Instagram in 2012 and WhatsApp in 2014. The messaging apps currently have over 1 billion active users. The three companies were supposed to operate as separate platforms under Facebook, but some surprising moves led to primary founders of Instagram and WhatsApp leaving the companies.
Now the integration has left employees furious.