02 May 2019
The basic essence of Facebook’s F8 event Day 1 was privacy and to build a privacy-focused social platform for everyone. Well, of course, this is paramount for any company and it becomes more important when a company is already dealing with privacy issues. Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg laid out more of his vision for the future which revolves around six core principles, private interactions, encryption, reduced permanence, interoperability, safety, and secure data storage.
While highlighting “The future is private,“ Facebook made several promises around it with a convincing thought of enabling encrypted chats across its platforms. Well, privacy becomes the center of attraction further when a company tries to build a more chatty environment. Facebook’s plan is to merge the back ends of Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram DMs so that users could send messages across these messaging platforms. This means Facebook is enabling the interoperability for a cross-platform chat and give users a way to do more chats even with the users who aren’t available on the same platform.
Facebook didn’t elaborate much about this feature but our best understanding is, a WhatsApp user could start a conversation with an Instagram user or a Messenger user without any barrier. The announcement goes in line with a report that arrived in January stating Facebook might be stitching its social platforms so as to offer a unified experience. Later, during the Q4 earnings call, Zuckerberg hinted at the possibility of the unified system creating “iMessage-like layer for SMS” which is a big project and could only come in 2020.
Now, Messenger's head of consumer product Asha Sharma said during the F8 event,
"We believe people should be able to talk to anyone anywhere."
For instance, you don't need to know if your friend is on Verizon or T-Mobile, you can just call them. It'll be the same on any of Facebook's messaging services.