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Mark Zuckerberg Says That Integration of Facebook, WhatsApp Not Before 2020

"One of the ways that we're talking about decentralization is through end-to-end encryption in messaging," he added.

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Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg. VOA

Amid the global outrage over Facebook’s plans to integrate chats among Whatsapp, Messenger and Instagram, the company’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said this is going to be a long-term project.

In an earnings call after announcing Facebook’s fourth quarter results late Wednesday, Mark Zuckerberg said they were early in thinking through the integration plan.

“There’s a lot more that we need to figure out before we finalize the plans. This is going to be a long-term project that I think will probably be to whatever extent we end up doing it in – a 2020 thing or beyond,” said the Facebook CEO.

He said more than the commercial benefits of the chat integration between the apps, he was concerned about data encryption.

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WhatsApp on a smartphone device. Pixabay

“The first reason that I’m excited about this is moving more to end-to-end encryption by default in more of our products. People really like this in WhatsApp. I think it’s the direction that we should be going in with more things in the future,” he told analysts.

“There are also a number of cases that we see where people tell us that they want to be able to message across the different services,” Zuckerberg noted.

The Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) on Monday warned Facebook over its planned integration of chat services — WhatsApp, Messenger and photo-sharing app Instagram — asking the social media giant to provide it with an “urgent briefing” on the proposals.

“The Irish DPC will be very closely scrutinizing Facebook’s plans as they develop, particularly insofar as they involve the sharing and merging of personal data between different Facebook companies,” DPC said in a statement.

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This photo shows a Facebook app icon on a smartphone in New York. VOA

According to Mark Zuckerberg, the idea is to let people utilise the apps to enhance the experience.

“Hundreds of millions of people are using Marketplace on Facebook now, and a lot of people are using that in countries where WhatsApp is the primary messaging app that they use.

“We need to make it so that people can communicate across the different networks and graphs that they have or be able to do that integration better in order to facilitate more transactions and connections there,” said Mark Zuckerberg.

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He said he believes very strongly in trying to decentralize and put power in individual’s hands.

“One of the ways that we’re talking about decentralization is through end-to-end encryption in messaging,” he added. (IANS)

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Facebook Apps Helped EU Firms Generate 208 bn Euros in Sales

The study also found that female-founded businesses, in particular, credit social media with helping them to start and grow their businesses

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The social media application, Facebook is displayed on Apple's App Store, July 30, 2019. VOA

Facebook apps have helped businesses in the European Union (EU) generate sales corresponding to an estimated 208 billion euros last year – resulting in nearly 3.1 million jobs, the social networking giant said in a new report.

According to Facebook, around 25 million businesses in the European Union, mostly small businesses, are using its services each month.

“Businesses said that using Facebook apps helped them generate an estimated 98 billion euros in exports last year. Of these exports, 58 billion euros are sales within the EU and 40 billion euros are sales to the rest of the world,” Nicola Mendelsohn, Vice-President for Europe, Middle East and Africa at Facebook, said on Monday.

To understand the true extent of Facebook’s impact on the European economy, the company commissioned a study by Copenhagen Economics, one of the leading economic firms in Europe. The study surveyed over 7,700 businesses across all industries and sizes in 15 countries.

“This shows the critical role social media plays in driving sales for businesses across Europe. This is particularly true for small and medium sized businesses,” Mendelsohn added.

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The Facebook mobile app on an Android smartphone. Wikimedia Commons

Six in 10 companies said Facebook apps are important in lowering marketing costs and a similar number said Facebook apps are important in improving customer service.

“Six in 10 businesses using Facebook apps report them as helpful to enter markets, and 7 in 10 businesses using Facebook apps are exporting to other countries compared to 5 in 10 non-users,” the report mentioned.

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The study also found that female-founded businesses, in particular, credit social media with helping them to start and grow their businesses.

“Fifty-eight per cent of female-founded businesses surveyed said that Facebook apps are important for enabling them to start businesses, while 65 per cent said it helped grow their revenue,” said the report. (IANS)