WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger are planning to merge which will allow users to chat across applications. It does not matter which one of these applications people are using. Facebook has owned WhatsApp since 2014, is said to be testing a new feature according to the official notification of WABetaInfo, which analyzes the code of apps and helps uncover the hidden clues of the upcoming features with some degree of accuracy.
The report suggests it has found some evidence of the merge inside the code of Facebook Messenger, though it is unclear when the feature could be rolled out. The merging of the two apps is not available yet, and might not even come to complete result, as the feature is very much complicated and it requires a lot of time to develop. This is a brand new feature from Facebook after the launch of videotelephony in Whatsapp web.
Facebook Messenger merge for WhatsApp users
Once the merge occurs, one person will be able to reach another contact on WhatsApp via the Facebook Messenger app, and vice versa will also be possible. This actually raises some facts about security questions. WhatsApp is well known in terms of security for its end-to-end encryption, which keeps the content of a user’s messages secure. The users also need only a phone number to sign up. Facebook normally requires a person’s real identity to register, and its Messenger app is not currently encrypted in the same way WhatsApp is.
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Facebook has previously been working on making more of our messaging products end-to-end encrypted. The news of the potential merger comes just a year after Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg said he wanted to see greater integration between Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp. As you would expect, 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.
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