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WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger integration in the works

Facebook has not revealed how it plans on doing so without compromising on data encryption and user security.

By: Tech Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 9, 2020 9:18:26 am
Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, WhatsApp Facebook Messenger integration, WhatsApp Facebook chat, Instagram, Facebook Messenger WhatsApp Instagram integration, WhatsApp chats, Facebook Messenger chats, facebook chats Facebook has not revealed how it plans on doing so without compromising on data encryption and user security. (Image: Bloomberg)

Facebook had earlier announced that it is working on integrating Messenger with WhatsApp. According to a new report by WABetaInfo, the social media platform is now looking to enable communication between the two apps. If this feature is enabled then the Facebook Messenger will be able to communicate with WhatsApp seamlessly.

Facebook has not revealed how it plans on doing so without compromising on data encryption and user security.

According to the report by WABetaInfo, citing a developer named Alessandro Paluzzi, said that is code in some tables in a local database that will help manage messages and services with other WhatsApp users. It adds that with this code, Facebook may be able to know if a WhatsApp contact is blocked, to recognise sounds of push notifications, and even get some details of a chat.

With the help of this code, Facebook Messenger can pull phone number of the contact, a message counter, if the chat is archived, but ‘not its content’. It will also be able to see if the user is a member of a specific WhatsApp group and profile pictures of the contact.

The report suggests that when this code goes live, Facebook may import the Signal protocol to encrypt and decrypt messages. The Signal protocol is already used by WhatsApp.

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WABetaInfo states that there is no clarity on if Facebook will allow users to disable the feature. Due to the complexity of the feature, Facebook might just look to abandon it completely.

The report states that even if the integration is made available, WhatsApp messages will continue to stay end-to-end encrypted, as privacy is one of its core principles.

In a separate report by leaker Alessandro Paluzzi, Instagram will soon integrate Facebook Messenger on to its platform and will let users chat via the Facebook Messenger on its platform rather than using the Instagram DMs feature.

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