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In 10 Minutes, I'll Give You The Truth About HUGE CHANGES INTRODUCED IN WHATSAPP

Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg is planning to unify the underlying messaging infrastructure of the WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger services and incorporate end-to-end encryption in these apps, the New York Times reported on Friday.

The three services will, however, continue as stand-alone apps, the report said, citing four people involved in the effort.

In 10 Minutes, I'll Give You The Truth About HUGE CHANGES INTRODUCED IN WHATSAPP

Facebook said it is working on adding end-to-end encryption, which protects users from being connected to anyone, including more about its messaging products, and users to connect with it to make it easier.

“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,” a

spokesperson said.

After the changes, a Facebook user,

for example, will be able

send an encrypted message to

someone who has only aWhatsApp

account, according to the New York Times report.

Integrating the messaging services could make it harder for

antitrust regulators to break up Facebook by undoing its

acquisitions of WhatsApp and Instagram, said Sam Weinstein, a

professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

“If Facebook is worried about that then one way it will defend

itself is to integrate those services,” Weinstein said.

But Weinstein said that breaking

up Facebook is viewed as an

“extreme remedy” by regulators,

especially in the United States,

so concerns over antitrust scrutiny

may not have been a factor

behind the integration.

Major tradeoffs
Some former Facebook security engineers and an outside

encryption expert said the plan could be good news for user

privacy, in particular by extending end-to-end encryption.

“I’m cautiously optimistic it’s a good thing,” said former Facebook

Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos, who now teaches at Stanford

University. “My fear was that we were

going to drop end-to-end


However, the technology does not

always reveal the metadata –

information about who is talking to whom – sparking concern

among some researchers

Any metadata integration will likely be Facebook learn more about

users, linking identifiers such

as phone numbers and email

addresses for those using the

services independently of each other

Facebook used that data to

charge more for advertising and

targeted services,

although it

would also have ads based on

message content in Messenger and Instagram.

Other major tradeoffs will have

also made, Stamos and others


Messenger allows strangers to contact people without knowing

their phone numbers, for example,

increasing the risk of stalking

and approaches to children

Systems based on phone numbers have additional privacy

concerns, because governments

and other entities can easily

access them from location information.

Stamos said he hoped Facebook will get public input from

terrorism experts, child safety officers, privacy advocates and

others and details on decisions

made when it’s

transparent in its


“It should be an open process,

because you can

not have it all,”

Stamos said.


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