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Facebook plan to integrate Whatsapp, Instagram and Messenger

Social media giant said process will be “long”

Facebook have confirmed a plan to intergrate three major social media platforms.

The social media giants revealed services on Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger and Instagram will be merged at a deep level reports the New York Times.

Facebook confirmed while all three apps would remain standalone, they would be linked at a deeper level allowing messages to travel between the three platforms.

If completed, the plan would allow Facebook users to communicate with friends who only had a Whatsapp or Insta account.

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The way each platform is built currently makes that impossible.

Work on the project, said the the NYT to be a personal project of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, has begun and is expected to be completed by the end of the year or in early 2020.

The scheme is designed to make the three services more useful and to keep users on the platforms for longer.

Facebook said in a statement: “We want to build the best messaging experiences we can; and people want messaging to be fast, simple, reliable and private.”We’re working on making more of our messaging products end-to-end encrypted and considering ways to make it easier to reach friends and family across networks.”

Lots of discussion and debate were said to be going on around how the system would work, the statement added.

 

How to Stop Misinformation

Rumors on WhatsApp have led to mob violence. Here’s how to prevent them – without sacrificing privacy.

It’s a start.

Photographer: Prakash Singh/AFP

Last July, an engineer at Accenture was beaten to death by a crowd that thought he was a child kidnapper. They were angry, violent and completely wrong. The rumors about the man were “fake news” spread on WhatsApp, an incredibly popular messaging service owned by Facebook.

In response, the Indian government now wants to force companies to take several steps – including breaking encryption – that could compromise privacy and security for their users. But what if there were a way to combat misinformation on the platform while still maintaining privacy?

Most of WhatsApp’s 1.5 billion users use the app to communicate with friends, conduct business and stay in touch with family. But it’s also becoming a worldwide conduit for political disinformationanti-vaccine fearmongering and mob-rousing rumors. Especially in regions with poor education and governance, the consequences can be deadly and destabilizing.

There’s no easy fix for this problem. WhatsApp messages are encrypted end-to-end, meaning that no one besides the user – not even WhatsApp itself – can read them. The company can use metadata to determine who contacted whom, and how often, but the content of each message is inaccessible. This type of encryption is critical for privacy: It ensures that WhatsApp can’t target you with ads based on what you write or lose your messages to hackers, and it offers crucial protections for users in authoritarian regimes. But it also makes addressing misinformation extremely hard.

To its credit, WhatsApp has tried to get around these limitations. It has launched a public-education campaign, limited message forwarding, and added a label that shows when a message has been passed on from others, which could be an indicator of misinformation. External groups of “rumor busters,” including the cross-newsroom collaboration Verificado, ask WhatsApp users to forward them potential misinformation so they can publicly debunk it. But while these efforts are a decent start, they haven’t yet caught on nearly as well as the rumors have.

In this case, there seems to be fundamental trade-off between privacy and information quality. But WhatsApp may not actually have to choose.

For starters, it could create an updatable list of rumors and fact-checks, similar to what Facebook uses to identify misinformation in its news feed. Each phone could regularly receive a portion of this list tailored to match what the user would be likely to see (based on metadata the app already collects, such as location). Whenever users post or receive a link or rumor that’s on the list, WhatsApp could display a fact-check, related article or other context, just as Facebook has started to. It could even warn them before they share known misinformation. The beauty of this approach is that it doesn’t require WhatsApp to collect any new information about anyone. It maintains privacy while directly addressing misinformation.

To make such a system work, though, a few questions would have to be answered – notably, how would WhatsApp find out about misinformation, and how could it be curated? Let’s consider each in turn.

First, WhatsApp could add an “Is this real?” feature that lets users forward suspicious-looking messages or media to a pool of trusted verifiers, similar to the system pioneered by Facebook and the International Fact-Checking Network. Once the content has been reviewed, the user who reported it could be notified if it had been debunked or if additional context was available. That information would also be made available to all users, whether they reported it or not. This would give everyone the ability to discreetly flag questionable content, even if shared by friends or family, while allowing WhatsApp to alert users about misinformation without infringing on their privacy.

Second, fact-checkers would need to know what to focus on. A brute-force approach to every suspicious piece of content won’t work. Instead, WhatsApp should help journalists triage. Facebook does this by analyzing what content is being shared the most, but WhatsApp’s encryption means that it can’t take the same approach. A potential solution to this dilemma is “differential privacy,” a technique used by Apple to extract insights from large sets of data – such as determining what’s popular, or what websites consume the most battery life – without compromising any particular individual’s privacy.

Ideas like these won’t entirely solve the misinformation problem, which will require major changes across society. But they can protect well-meaning friends and relatives from being tricked into forwarding dubious content. They can provide a sort of real-time contextual education, helping users interpret and judge the information they receive. Perhaps, too, they can help us have our cake and eat it: maintaining privacy, supporting public discourse and protecting people from deadly rumors.

To contact the author of this story:
Aviv Ovadya at [email protected]

Facebook plans to integrate WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger chats: Report

Chats across all three apps will be end-to-end encrypted

  • Published: January 25, 2019 9:31 PM IST
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Social media giant Facebook is reportedly planning to allow cross-platform messaging between its MessengerInstagram and WhatsApp apps. While each platform will continue to operate as standalone app, the underlying infrastructure will allow users to communicate between the ecosystem.

According to The New York Times, chats across all three apps will be end-to-end encrypted, but Facebook is yet to offer a timeline when the integration will happen. By allowing users to communicate with one another across platforms, Facebook may be looking to keep more users engaged and get the merged system as their primary messaging service.

“We want to build the best messaging experiences we can; and people want messaging to be fast, simple, reliable and private,” said Facebook in a statement to NYT. “We’re working on making more of our messaging products end-to-end encrypted and considering ways to make it easier to reach friends and family across networks,” it added.

The move makes sense too as not everyone on WhatsApp, has the other two apps installed. There may be a case where a user is on Facebook and WhatsApp, but doesn’t have Messenger installed. By merging chats on all three apps, it will, say, give WhatsApp users an opportunity to communicate with other users who are on Instagram or Messenger, but not on WhatsApp.
Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp Stories could shape the future of social media

Secondly, the move will also help Facebook to show higher under engagement to advertisers, thus help its advertising arm grow. Facebook has a big share of users on its social media platform, and with this integration, it will compete with Apple’s iMessage and Google’s messaging service.

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