Zuckerberg Plans to Integrate WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger

www.nytimes.com

On the topic of "synergies", I had saved this scoop from Mike Isaac a bit ago:

Within Facebook, some employees said they were confused as to why Mr. Zuckerberg found putting the messaging services together so compelling. Some said it was jarring because of his past promises about independence. When Facebook acquired WhatsApp for $19 billion in 2014, Mr. Koum talked publicly about user privacy and said, “If partnering with Facebook meant that we had to change our values, we wouldn’t have done it.”

This does sound like a clusterfuck, not to mention a potential security nightmare, waiting to happen. Yes, they're extending a carrot in the form of end-to-end encryption (though we'll see if/how this is ultimately implemented, I'm pretty skeptical), but this is another total head-scratcher. Instagram and WhatsApps were operating so well as stand-alone entities bolstered by Facebook's money, technology, and talent. Then Facebook itself started slipping, and the slide down the slippery slope began...

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