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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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Social Media Giant Facebook Hiring Experts For its Blockchain Division

Last week, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted that he was hiring Bitcoin developers for his payments company, Square

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A television photographer shoots the sign outside of Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. VOA

Social-networking giant Facebook is seeking executives to work in its secretive Blockchain division and to work on the company’s own blockchain applications and cryptocurrency.

Facebook has listed 22 vacancies on its Careers page for the division including openings for lead commercial counsel, product manager, finance analyst, data engineer and threat investigator among others.

The listings suggests that Facebook is particularly focused on recruiting experts in marketing, interface design, product management, software engineering, and legal fields concerning Blockchain.

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A smartphone user displays a Facebook newsfeed .VOA

The company already has a team of 50 people working discreetly in a secretive corner of its Menlo Park head office, The Next Web reported on Monday.

“If Facebook’s blockchain hiring spree continues, its team could be in the hundreds before the end of the year” the report said.

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Lately, several companies have been looking to add new streams of revenue to their business models and Blockchain has emerged as a popular choice to boost businesses.

Last week, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted that he was hiring Bitcoin developers for his payments company, Square. (IANS)