WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger could be merging

What could the merge mean for users?

Should the merge go ahead, one person could reach another contact on WhatsApp through the Facebook Messenger app, and vice versa.

That raises some interesting security questions.

WhatsApp is famous for its end-to-end encryption, which keeps the content of a user’s messages secure – users also need only a phone number to sign up.

Facebook requires a person’s “real” identity to register, and its Messenger app is not currently encrypted in the same way WhatsApp is.

Facebook has previously said, “We’re working on making more of our messaging products end-to-end encrypted.”

The news of the potential merger comes just a year after Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg said he wanted to see greater integration between Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp.

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