Facebook merging Messenger and Instagram chat only benefits Zuckerberg — not you

Facebook Messenger and Instagram’s direct messaging services will be integrated into one system, Facebook has announced. The merge will allow shared messaging across both platforms, as well as video calls and the use of a range of tools drawn from both platforms. It’s currently being rolled out across countries on an opt-in basis, but hasn’t yet reached Australia. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced plans in March last year to integrate Messenger, Instagram Direct and WhatsApp into a unified messaging experience. At the crux of this was the goal to administer end-to-end encryption across the whole messaging “ecosystem”. Ostensibly, this was…

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