January 27, 2019, 09:16
Updated on January 27, 2019 09:26
Not that there is a single app for everything, but Facebook is in the process of integrating its messaging services to WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger.
Although the three applications will continue to be independent, at a much more profound level they will be linked so that the messages can travel between the different services.
Facebook told the BBC that it was starting a "long process" of adaptation.
The plans of the technology firm were reported first by the American newspaper The New York Times and it is believed to be a personal project by Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerberg.
The project involves a communication between users of the different platforms in which, for example, an Instagram user can communicate directly with someone who only has WhatsApp.
The concept would work the same way with Facebook Messenger.
Sending messages between these platforms, all belonging to Facebook, is currently not possible since applications do not have a common core.
The work to merge the three services has already begun, the New York Times reported, and it is expected to be completed by the end of 2019 or next year.
Zuckerberg is pushing the integration plan to make its three services more functional and increase the amount of time people spend on them.
By joining all its users in a massive group, Facebook could compete with Google's messaging services and Apple's iMessage, Makena Kelly suggested from The Verge site.
"We want to create the best messaging experiences we can and people want fast, simple, reliable and private messaging," said Facebook in a statement.
"We are working to make our messaging products more encrypted and we explore ways to make it easier for friends and family through networks," he added.
The idea of integrating messaging services is a Mark Zuckerberg project, according to media sources in the United States | Getty Images
Linking the three systems marks a significant change in Facebook services, which allowed Instagram and WhatsApp to operate independently.
Zuckerberg's plan to connect messaging to the three platforms had caused "internal conflicts," according to The New York Times.
It was part of the reason why the founders of Instagram and WhatsApp resigned their sites last year.
The decision also occurs when Facebook faces multiple investigations and criticisms about how you have managed and protected user data.
The integral linking of the data can lead to the government regulators re-analyzing their data management practices.
The Information Commissioner of the United Kingdom has already conducted research into the amount of data shared between WhatsApp and Facebook.