But after years of giving WhatsApp and Instagram some degree of autonomy, Facebook now appears to be making an effort to gain centralized control over the apps. This re-branding is done by Facebook to give people a better idea of their ownership of the applications. Presently, Instagram and WhatsApp operate independently and they don't boast the Facebook name.
The new names will be displayed in the title for both apps or you can even search with the new name in Apple's App Store and Google Play. Despite some issues surrounding the company, it is reportedly planning to add its name to other services that it owns. But another reason might have to do with the FTC's investigation into Facebook and the calls from some presidential candidates to split up the company into separate units.
Unless you totally don't care about tech (or about anything cool for that matter), then you know Facebook owns a couple of the worlds most popular social apps including WhatsApp and Instagram.
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A ban on exports to China's Huawei, which is part of the ongoing trade war between the USA and China, hangs over the company. He added that the tariffs could be raised if the talks continue to falter, but allowed that they could also be removed.
However Mark Zuckerberg CEO, Facebook expressed that he is disturbed because facebook does not get acknowledgment for the development of Instagram and WhatsApp. The Information first reported the planned changes, which Facebook confirmed directly. The social media giant bought Instagram for $1 billion and WhatsApp for $19 billion. Facebook already made this exact change with Oculus. Users who are on the platforms of FB Messenger, Instagram direct message and WhatsApp, if possible, will be able to exchange messages without having to switch apps.
The company has increasingly relied on its acquisitions to power growth in recent years, as the number of new users signing up for its core "blue app" has tapered off in lucrative markets.
In a statement on Friday, Bertie Thomson, a Facebook spokeswoman said: "We want to be clearer about the products and services that are part of Facebook". We'll update this story when we hear back.