Inbox. The ultimate combined messaging platform merging Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram messenger.

Katie Dodshon

Katie Dodshon

April 02 • 2 minute read

Picture all of your messages from each social platform you use, combined into one ultimate inbox… Scary? Or super convenient?

According to reports, Facebook, Instagram and even WhatsApp messages are to merge into one. Facebook who own Instagram and WhatsApp are looking at ways to combine the message feature on each of their apps for an easier user experience. 

The individual apps would still run separately from one another, however the change would mean that someone could send a message from Facebook, to someone on WhatsApp or Instagram. 

This change is said to be complete by the end of this year, or early 2020. 

According to NME, a spokesperson for Facebook stated that the company were aiming to build the best messaging experience they can and that “people want messaging to be fast, simple, reliable and private.”

The New York Times reported the move, and stated that Facebook owner Mark Zuckerberg wants to “incorporate end-to-end encryption” into all messaging platforms. WhatsApp currently has this as an added security encryption which ensures all messages sent through WhatsApp are only seen by the sender and the receiver – nobody in-between, not even WhatsApp. Of course, if WhatsApp is to be combined with Instagram and Facebook messenger, users will expect end-to-end encryption on their private messages across all platforms. 

Currently, the only Facebook messages which are encrypted are the “Secret Conversations” feature, if enabled. Instagram does not offer any form of encryption.

If all messenger applications are merged and ALL encrypted, this means Facebook would be unable to gain data for monetising purposes – that’s potentially a massive issue for Facebook’s lucrative ad revenue stream. It is said that WhatsApp struggle to earn revenue from users, partly because of the end-to-end encryption.

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