Mark Zuckerberg announced a plan to integrate messaging platforms of WhatsApp, Instagram, and Facebook Messenger. Behind promises of more convenience and growth is a plan to dominate the world of data and social media.
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All of Facebook’s IT department, thousands of developers, are going to devote the next year or so to merge the backbone of the three platforms into one, so that their users can seamlessly send messages to each other across all three apps.
The job won’t be done until it’s possible for WhatsApp users to send messages to Instagram users even if they don’t have Instagram accounts at all.
Facebook has a long track record of violating and invading users privacy. From opening up access to their data to third party developers and advertisers, through sharing user data without their explicit consent, to tracking non-Facebook users and targeting them with ads.
The move to integrate all three platforms into one seems that much more bizarre, as the integration could open up the ecosystem to even more security vulnerabilities and information manipulation.
The Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp integration https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/25/technology/facebook-instagram-whatsapp-messenger.html
The New York Times coverage of Facebook’s privacy cases
Advertisers are all happy for this https://mobilemonkey.com/blog/2019/01/facebook-messenger-instagram-whatsapp-need-to-know
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