Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg plans to integrate WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger, the New York Times reported. The messaging services will remain separate apps, but will be linked on the tech side, according to four people involved in the change, The Times reported.
The three services have more than 2.6 billion users combined. The changes will allow people to connect from app-to-app. The changes may raise antitrust and privacy issues, The Times says.
The integration may be done by the end of 2019 or early 2020.
In a statement, Facebook said it wanted to “build the best messaging experiences we can; and people want messaging to be fast, simple, reliable and private,” The Times said. “We’re working on making more of our messaging products end-to-end encrypted and considering ways to make it easier to reach friends and family across networks,” Facebook said.