Facebook (FB - Free Report) CEO Mark Zuckerberg recently announced plans to introduce features that will completely secure user data on its messaging platforms. The features will make data accessibility harder not only for governments but also for Facebook.
Notably, Facebook’s WhatsApp service already has an end-to-end encryption feature, which allows only the parties involved to access the messages.
Zuckerberg believes that private conversations within relatively closed community are one of the quickly growing areas of digital communications. This is the reason behind the intended shift to privacy-focused platforms as opposed to Facebook’s original model of open sharing.
Facebook is looking to merge all its messaging apps — WhatsApp, Messenger and Instagram — to allow users to easily communicate within its family of services. Notably, all the three services will continue to remain separate apps. However, Facebook’s efforts to merge the services in European Union (EU) may be stalled if they don’t comply with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requirements.
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