Facebook is going to combine Instagram, Messenger, and WhatsApp into one

They're aiming to complete the integration by 2020

Facebook’s branches seem to be slowly merging together. According to a report from the New York Times, Facebook is going to be combining all of its messaging platforms including Facebook Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp, into one infrastructure.

Although the three services would stay distinct, the back-end connections would become one master messaging platform. Allegedly, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is behind the effort, and Facebook did not deny the report, informing the Times that it hopes to “build the best messaging experiences we can; and people want messaging to be fast, simple, reliable and private.”
 


This integration will add end-to-end encryption to all services, meaning there would be better privacy and security for direct messages over all three platforms.

The project is already underway, with the aim for completion in 2020.