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Zuckerberg to integrate WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger: Report

FILE -- Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive of Facebook, speaks at a conference in San Jose, Calif. on April 18, 2017. Facebook plans to integrate the technical infrastructure for WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger as Zuckerberg asserts control over all of the apps. (Jim Wilson/The New York Times)
FILE -- Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive of Facebook, speaks at a conference in San Jose, Calif. on April 18, 2017. Facebook plans to integrate the technical infrastructure for WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger as Zuckerberg asserts control over all of the apps. (Jim Wilson/The New York Times) (NYT)

After the changes, a Facebook user, for instance, will be able send an encrypted message to someone who has only a WhatsApp account, according to the New York Times report.

Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg is planning to unify the underlying messaging infrastructure of the WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger services and incorporate end-to-end encryption into these apps, the New York Times reported on Friday.

The three services will, however, continue as stand-alone apps, the report said, citing four people involved in the effort.

Facebook said it is working on adding end-to-end encryption, which protects messages from being viewed by anyone except the participants in a conversation, to more of its messaging products, and considering ways to make it easier for users to connect across networks.

"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," a spokesperson said.

After the changes, a Facebook user, for instance, will be able send an encrypted message to someone who has only a WhatsApp account, according to the New York Times report.

Integrating the messaging services could make it harder for antitrust regulators to break up Facebook by undoing its acquisitions of WhatsApp and Instagram, said Sam Weinstein, a professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

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