Facebook's CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, plans to integrate WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook's messaging services and incorporate point-to-point coding to these applications, the New York Times reported Friday.
However, the three services will continue as standalone applications, the report said, citing four people involved in the effort.
The measure is still in its initial stages and the plan is to complete integration for the purposes of this year or early 2020, he added.
Facebook did not immediately respond to a comment request.
After the changes, a Facebook user can, for example, send an encrypted message to someone who only has a WhatsApp account, based on the report.
Point-to-point coding protects messages from being seen by anyone else, except for participants in the conversation.