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UPDATE 1-Zuckerberg plans to integrate WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger - NYT

Messenger - NYT@ (Adds Facebook statement)

Jan 25 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg is planning to unify the underlying messaging infrastructure of its WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger services and incorporate end-to-end encryption to these apps, the New York Times reported on Friday.

The three services will, however, continue as stand alone apps, the report https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/25/technology/facebook-instagram-whatsapp-messen g e r . h t m l said, citing four people involved in the effort.

Facebook said it is working on making more of its messaging products end-to-end encrypted, and considering ways to make it easier for users to connect across networks.

"There is a lot of discussion and debate as we begin the long process of figuring out all the details of how this will work," a spokesperson said.

After the changes, a Facebook user, for instance, will be able send an encrypted message to someone who has only a WhatsApp account, according to the NYT report.

End-to-end encryption protects messages from being viewed by anyone except the participants in the conversation. (Reporting by Munsif Vengattil in Bengaluru; Editing by Shinjini Ganguli)

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