In a shocking statement, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced plans to integrate messaging services into the social network.
This will include – WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger.
This interruption will require thousands of Facebook employees to reconfigure how applications work at their most basic levels, according to The New York Times.
Although all three services will continue to work as stand-alone applications, their core messaging infrastructure will be unified according to four people involved in the project.
The company is still at an early stage of work and the plans for its completion are by the end of this year or early 2020, sources said.
Apparently Mark Zuckerberg has ordered all applications to include end-to-end encryption, a significant step to protect messages from being seen by anyone other than the conversation.
For example, once the changes appear – a Facebook user can send an encrypted message to someone who has only a WhatsApp account, something that is not possible right now.
By linking application infrastructure, the goal is to increase the "social networking utility" by keeping "the billions of users heavily engaged in its ecosystem," according to The New York Times.
Sources that refused to be identified due to the confidentiality of this move have explained that: "If people turn more regularly to Facebook's text messaging property, they can quit competing messaging services such as Apple and Google .
"If users interact more often with Facebook apps, the company can also build their ad business or add new services to make money."