Facebook to merge with WhatsApp and Instagram

They know where I am. They know where you are… I simply don’t trust them!

Toby Shapshak, Publisher - Stuff magazine

Facebook says its future is “privacy-focussed”.

It plans to integrate WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who used to describe the social media behemoth as a “town square” likens its new system to “being in a living room behind a closed front door, without having to worry about anyone eavesdropping”.

Currently, only WhatsApp is encrypted.

Soon, however, all of Facebook’s apps will have encryption, meaning - in theory - that only the sender and receiver would be able to see the content of any messages.

Should users be freaked out by what is, in essence, a merger of Facebook's communications apps?

What are the implications for users’ data privacy?

The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed Toby Shapshak, Publisher at Stuff magazine.

Listen to the interview in the audio below (and scroll down for quotes from it).

I can’t see anything significantly changing, that’s the concern…

Toby Shapshak, Publisher - Stuff magazine

How can we trust them? Facebook has been full of scandals year after year… They have never really cared about our privacy… Facebook’s business model is to mine users’ data for advertisers… I can’t see how their business model can work if they don’t have access to our information…

Toby Shapshak, Publisher - Stuff magazine

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