Facebook Plans Some Major Revisions to Social Media As We Know It

Facebook Plans Some Major Revisions to Social Media As We Know It

Facebook plans to merge Messenger, Whatsapp and Instagram. Is this enough to keep Facebook relevant?

Facebook plans to merge Messenger, Whatsapp and Instagram. Is this enough to keep Facebook relevant?

Text: Paul Madley

Let’s be real, Facebook's influence is shifting. The social media platform doesn't have the same draw as it once did. Facebook's latest S.O.S. mission is to merge Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram together. What does this mean? And is this enough to resurrect the social media platform?

This may surprise you but WhatsApp and Instagram are both actually owned by Facebook. Instagram and Whatsapp will become one through a “long process” of integration, Facebook said in a statement to the BBC. The change is likely to happen by the end of 2019.

According to Facebook, user will still be able to use the apps separately but the change will help the company tailor ads to better suit it’s users. “People want messaging to be fast, simple, reliable and private. 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.”

Will this actually work, will it be easier to reach your loved ones? Or is it time to delete Facebook, permanently? Hmmm…..I wonder what Kylie Jenner thinks? (Jenner’s comments on Snapchat last year, saw the company's stocks plumpit by $1.3bn).

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