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iMessage or iMess? Zuckerberg says merging WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook aims for Apple-like chat

January 31, 2019

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The eventual merger of the Instagram, Messenger, and WhatsApp chat apps that leaked not long ago was just confirmed by none other than Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg during the quarterly earnings conference call with investors.

Long story short, it’s not happening before 2020, he advised, and yet is very much on the company’s mind, with a twist. Zuckerberg, it turns out, is a fan of not only merging all these communication channels into one but also sidestepping SMS functions over the phone network, and encrypting it all, as Apple does with iMessage:

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