Facebook owner Mark Zuckerberg has explained why he's aiming for a merger between the Facebook Messenger app, WhatsApp and Instagram
Zuckerberg says there are "tens of millions.. maybe more but I'll go with that" of Android users who use Facebook Messenger as their default SMS app $FB— Karissa Bell (@karissabe) January 30, 2019
Zuckerberg also revealed that the decision hasn't been finalized just yet and there is a need for more things to be figured out before the plan is put into action.
"We're really early in thinking through this," he explained. "There's a lot more we need to figure out before we finalize the plan."
The CEO went on to outline how the merger could be beneficial, noting that it would be more practical to contact people in other countries where one of the apps is more dominant.
This is a far cry from his initial promise regarding exclusivity. Zuckerberg had previously stated that WhatsApp and Instagram would run independently of Facebook.
As mentioned above, not everyone is for it. California Democrat Ro Khanna, for one, has opposed the move.
“This is why there should have been far more scrutiny during Facebook’s acquisitions of Instagram and WhatsApp, which now clearly seem like horizontal mergers that should have triggered antitrust scrutiny,” he tweeted after the news broke last week. “Imagine how different the world would be if Facebook had to compete with Instagram and WhatsApp.”
At any rate, this merger isn't happening soon. But it will be interesting to see how it all works out when Zuckerberg's plans take shape.