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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 Announces Some New Features to its Video Capabilities

For page administrators, the social media giant is adding two new metrics to the Creator Studio, which lets seeing how many watched at least 60 seconds of a Party video

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FILE - Attendees walk past a Facebook logo during Facebook Inc's F8 developers conference in San Jose, California, United States. VOA

Aimed at video creators and publishers, Facebook has announced some new features to its video capabilities and now publishers will have more tools to use with its Watch Party and Creator Studio tools.

The social networking giant made the announcement during a session at the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) taking place here.

For Live Videos, the company will expand the features available to Facebook Pages to encourage live broadcasting by professionals on its social network. It will be easier to simulate and test broadcasts with Live API, which can be now restricted to that page’s team, including administrators and editors, 9to5Mac reported on Monday.

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The Facebook mobile app on an Android smartphone. Wikimedia Commons

For page administrators, the social media giant is adding two new metrics to the Creator Studio, which lets seeing how many watched at least 60 seconds of a Party video.

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In terms of live video, Facebook says it listened to feedback from those who have been broadcasting live on its platform, and is now rolling out several highly requested features to Facebook Pages (not Profiles), according to TechCrunch. (IANS)