Message from Facebook: WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger to be integrated

The popular applications will be integrated.
Updated 26 January 2019
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Message from Facebook: WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger to be integrated

  • The three apps will continue to be available independently
  • It is aimed at increasing activity among the social networking platform’s billions of users

JEDDAH: Facebook is working to integrate the three messaging services it owns — Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger.
The three apps will continue to be available independently, but the underlying infrastructure that powers them will be unified.
Work on the plan is at an early stage but Facebook aims to complete it by the end of 2019 or in early 2020,
The merger is the brainchild of Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg, the New York Times reported. It is aimed at increasing activity among the social networking platform’s billions of users, while luring them away from rival messaging services.
Facebook said it wanted to “build the best messaging experiences we can; and people want messaging to be fast, simple, reliable and private.”
It added: “We’re working on making more of our messaging products end-to-end encrypted and are considering ways to make it easier to reach friends and families across networks.”
Mishal Alsowayan, 31, a Saudi marketing manager with 20,000 followers across a range of social networking platforms, said: “We use Facebook less in the region nowadays and I don’t think this will affect the way I use apps. If it does improve quality on all three apps then I would be more willing to use it on a regular basis.”
Alsowayan also had security concerns about the merging of the services. Combining the messaging services has raised questions about how Facebook will protect customer data.
WhatsApp requires users to register only a phone number. Facebook and Messenger ask for real identities. Matching Facebook and Instagram users to their WhatsApp IDs may concern those who prefer keeping their use of each app separate.
 “As you would expect, there is a lot of discussion and debate as we begin the long process of figuring out all the details of how this will work,” Facebook said.
 


Iranian regime continues to feed sectarianism: Saudi deputy defense minister

Updated 24 April 2019
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Iranian regime continues to feed sectarianism: Saudi deputy defense minister

  • “We have to choose between the chaos that Iran spreads and stability, security and development,” he said
  • Delegation led by Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz in Russia for an official visit

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s Deputy Defense Minister Khalid bin Salman said the Iranian regime continues to feed sectarianism and disrespect international laws at the eighth Moscow Conference on International Security on Wednesday.

“We have to choose between the chaos that Iran spreads and stability, security and development,” he said adding that “Iran is spreading chaos in the region through destruction and bloodshed, and by supporting the militias of Hezbollah and Houthis.”

“Houthi militias continue to violate the resolutions of the Security Council and the Stockholm Agreement, ignored UN resolution 2216 and the Gulf initiative…our goal is to achieve stability for Yemeni citizens under a legitimate government,” he said.

The deputy defense minister also said that the Kingdom is witnessing today an unprecedented transformation and development to achieve the vision 2030.

A delegation led by Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, the Saudi deputy minister of defense, has arrived in Russia for an official visit on Tuesday, during which the members will take part in the eighth Moscow Conference on International Security and hold a number of meetings.

Prince Khalid was welcomed by Saudi Ambassador to Russia Dr. Raed Qurmali, military adviser Maj. Gen. Talal Al-Otaibi and Military Attache Gen. Mohammad Al-Mutairi, along with the deputy chief of staff of the Russian defense ministry and other civilian and military officials.