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    WhatBookGram - Merger of Whatsapp, FB Messenger and Instagram

    So, the Interwebs have decided that all your IMs belong in one app and have announced long term plans to merge WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and Instagram.

    Quite unsure about this...

    Facebook is reportedly considering a merger of its three messaging platforms WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger allowing users to send messages between the networks for the first time.

    The plans are said to come directly from the Facebook chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, the New York Times has reported, and would involve rewriting the basic software of the three apps to ensure they were interoperable. A WhatsApp user would be able to, for instance, text an Instagram user for the first time without needing to switch applications.
    https://www.theguardian.com/technolo...ging-platforms

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    WhatsApp has been doomed ever since the founders sold out to Microsoft. I'm surprised its lasted so long without being fucked up.

    I cant belive how bad Skype is now compared to ten years ago before Microsoft got their hands on it and started 'improving it'. I've switched to Google Hangouts for video calls now.


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    You mean Skype was doomed?


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    I don't think this is new news, FB had announced the merger when they bought Whatsapp.
    What I'm wondering, is if people who are currently using whatsapp (but not FB) will now be forced to have a FB account. I thought that was the point of the merger, but...

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    It's certainly not new news, but it is a formal announcement.

    I'd certainly hope they do not require any further authentication. As far as I know, they do have my phone number on FB and know my social graph pretty well.


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    I hate Facebook, over to WeChat.

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    Telegram.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MandM!
    I hate Facebook, over to WeChat.
    wechat open to China govt
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    Quote Originally Posted by chichow
    wechat open to China govt
    Facebook open to the CIA?
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    Wechat from wiki

    WeChat operates from China under Chinese law, which includes strong censorship provisions and interception protocols.[97] WeChat contains the ability to access the text messages and contact books of its users and users' locations through the GPS feature.[97]States such as India,[97][98][99] Australia[100] the United States,[101] and Taiwan all fear that the app poses a threat to national or regional security for various reasons.[97][102] In June 2013, the Indian Intelligence Bureau flagged WeChat for security concerns. India has debated whether or not they should ban WeChat for its possibility in collecting too much personal information and data from its users.[98][103][104] In Taiwan, legislators were concerned that the potential exposure of private communications was a threat to regional security.In 2016 Tencent was awarded a score of zero out of 100 in an Amnesty International report ranking technology companies on the way they implement encryption to protect the human rights of their users.[105] The report placed Tencent last out of a total of 11 companies, including Facebook, Apple, and Google, for the lack of privacy protections built into WeChat and QQ. The report found that Tencent did not make use of end-to-end encryption, which is a system that allows only the communicating users to read the messages.[106] It also found that Tencent did not recognize online threats to human rights, did not disclose government requests for data, and did not publish specific data about its use of encryption.[107][108]
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