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)