Instant messaging is one of the most important areas for Facebook. The group currently has three different apps: Facebook Messenger, Instagram Messaging and WhatsApp.
In early 2019, we learned that Facebook wanted to make these three apps interoperable so that WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and WhatsApp users could communicate with each other. This project is currently partially completed. As of October 2020, Messenger users can send messages to Instagram users or vice versa.
As for the WhatsApp application, testing would still be done to implement this interoperability. We learn that from WAbetainfo. According to him, new clues would show the evolution of the feature’s evolution, even if Facebook is fairly discreet in this area. More precisely, a source forwarded by WAbetainfo indicates that it has discovered what the interface of this integration between Messenger and WhatsApp could look like.
#Messenger continues to work on supporting # WhatsApp chats 👀
⚠️ I have forced this thread to be recognized as a WhatsApp conversation to show what it will look like when the feature is available. I actually didn’t send a message between the two services! pic.twitter.com/qtJuzO7Dgu
– Alessandro Paluzzi (@ alex193a) April 16, 2021
At the moment, of course, this is a rumor. And while you wait for an official announcement from Facebook, be careful.
A uniform messaging platform?
In any case, implementing WhatsApp in Messenger could be more complicated to implement than Instagram. This is because, unlike Messenger and Instagram messages, WhatsApp is an end-to-end encrypted messaging service. This encryption makes user discussions illegible when they pass through Facebook’s servers.
In addition, Facebook recently had to grapple with a controversy caused by a proposed change to WhatsApp’s Terms of Service. Essentially, these changes would have tightened the connections between WhatsApp and the Facebook app.
In view of user reactions, Facebook stepped down. In any case, earlier this year this event caused great damage to the company as many WhatsApp users switched to other services such as Signal or Telegram.