Facebook is reportedly working on integrating Facebook Messenger with WhatsApp, as the company had earlier announced.
WhatsApp features tracker WABetaInfo reports that the social media giant is looking to enable communication between two of its popular online chat apps.
If this is true, Facebook Messenger will be able to communicate with WhatsApp once Facebook decides to roll out this feature.
There is a lot of ambiguity on how Facebook plans to pull this integration off without compromising on data encryption and user security.
The developer found some important references about this integration,
Like the code suggesting Facebook is creating some tables in a local database,
In order to manage messages and services with other WhatsApp users.
The code references suggest that Facebook may be able to know if a WhatsApp contact is block,
It may be able to recognise sounds of push notifications and even some details of a chat.
Base on the code, this could include information like the phone number of the contact, a message counter,
If the chat is archive, but ‘not its content’.
Facebook Messenger may also be able to see members of a specific WhatsApp group and profile pictures of the contact.
The tracker asserts that Facebook isn’t already collecting WhatsApp messages,
But the code for a local database is a work in progress.
WABetaInfo predicts Facebook may import the Signal protocol to encrypt and decrypt messages, already used by WhatsApp.
There isn’t clarity on whether this feature will have a disable option or not,
And the tracker feels that because of the complicated nature of this feature,
Facebook may just look to abandon it completely in the future.
Even if this integration does see the light of the day,
WABetaInfo feels that WhatsApp messages will continue to stay end-to-end encrypted.
The tracker adds,
“Privacy is one of their core principles that will always define the company and we count it will be always so.”
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