According to a report by The New York Times, Facebook plans to integrate all its messaging services. It will be integrating WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger by the end of this year or by early 2020. The idea, is to link all the services together so messages can travel between them. The plan, is believed to be a personal project of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. The aim is to build the best messaging experience for fast, simple, reliable and private messaging.
When the merger is complete, a Facebook user will be able to communicate directly with someone who only has a WhatsApp account. The merger is expected to be completed by the end of 2019. Facebook in a statement wrote;
As you would expect, there are a lot of discussion and debate as we begin the long process of figuring out all the details of how this will work.
The New York Times also reported that the plan to merge all three services by Mark Zuckerberg, was the reason, both founders of Instagram and WhatsApp left last year. The Facebook boss is reportedly pushing the integration plan to make its trinity of services more useful and increase the amount of time people spend on them. This will also boost its advertising business across these platforms. The merger is expected to by fully completed by early 2020.