According to the New York Times on January 25, Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook intends to merge some of the most popular social networks together. These are Facebook, Whatsapp, and Instagram which will still be standalone networks, but their messaging infrastructure interweaved.
CEO Proposes the Merge of Facebook, WhatsApp, and Instagram
Per the report, Mark Zuckerberg has proposed the merging of three social networks by the end of 2019 or early 2020. These social media platforms will still operate on their own, but their messaging infrastructures will be interlinked. Therefore, thousands of Facebook employees have been tasked with the duty to make this feat possible.
NYTimes has also revealed that one of the features of this integration, will be end-to-end encryption. According to the media outlet, it is data encryption that will allow only the parties involved to access messages without a third party spying in. Besides, it will enable a user on Facebook to send messages to someone on WhatsApp.
Some Employees are Unhappy About the Development
Despite these promising features, reports reveal that not everyone is happy with the CEO’s innovative move. Prior to the purchase of WhatsApp and Instagram, the CEO had promised that each platform will be autonomous and as such, operate individually. However, the latest news from the Parent company goes contrary to his promise.
NYTimes also revealed that some WhatsApp employees, as well as those of Instagram, have left their jobs as a result. An instance is the case of Mike Krieger and Kevin Systrom, Instagram’s founders who reportedly quit from the company. This was attributed to the pressure the CEO had mounted on them to deliver the new features. The same was said of Jan Koum and Brian Acton, WhatsApp founders.
The media outlet also revealed that some employees have pointed out that integrating the trio will not be as easy as one may expect. This is because each was built as a standalone system and carrying out these manipulations is not as easy as integrating Facebook with Facebook Messenger, which were once standalone systems.
Employees Express Their Concerns About Data Privacy
Many have also expressed their concerns about the actual benefits that the merging will bring. According to them, the CEO’s aim may be to increase the company’s income through advertisements. It might also be geared to compete with the Apple and Google messaging services. However, they believe very few people will buy into the idea of a knitted social network.
In their opinion, a new user needs only a phone number to sign up on WhatsApp. Facebook and Facebook Messenger, on the other hand, require their full information. As a result, this takes away their ability to be on WhatsApp anonymously. It also poses the problem of data privacy, according to NYTimes.