Facebook bought Instagram in 2012 and WhatsApp in 2014, and each is now used by more than one billion people. According to the report, the new names will be visible only on the pages of app store on both Android and iOS. Facebook has already taken initial steps towards this new branding by adding the "from Facebook" moniker in the app descriptions.
Both apps will display a new "from Facebook" tag in the App Store, and on both apps' login screens. There is no doubt the goal is also to bring some credibility back to Facebook itself. Soon, users will be able to use Facebook Messenger, Instagram direct message and WhatsApp simultaneously and without the need to switch apps.
This is a bold move, especially considering users are not as suspicious of Instagram and WhatsApp with regard to privacy as they are of Facebook.
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The impending changes were first revealed by the Information, citing employees who has been informed about them, and this has since been confirmed by Facebook itself. While Facebook has owned the two apps from a long time now, both apps have been functioning independently until now.
In an offer to make its flagship services feel to some degree increasingly straightforward, Facebook is renaming Instagram and WhatsApp, sort of. Snapchat stories, for example, inspired the development of Facebook stories and Instagram stories, leading to a significant decrease in traffic to Snapchat once Facebook's two platforms released similar features.
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