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Facebook takes its first step toward Zuckerberg’s ‘privacy-focused’ internet

  • Facebook announced Wednesday it’s integrating its Messenger chat with Instagram direct messages, pushing it toward its goal of a unified messaging system. 
  • Facebook first announced its plan to integrate Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp functions last January.
  • The move to bring the sister companies together could raise antitrust concerns over its messaging dominance.

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Facebook is integrating Instagram and Facebook Messenger.

Facebook announced Wednesday it’s integrating Messenger chat with Instagram direct messages, pushing it toward its goal of a unified messaging system across its three messaging apps.


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Facebook users can now message Instagram users without needing to download a new app, and vice versa, although they can also opt out of the feature.

The move is part of Zuckerberg’s plan to pivot Facebook towards private communication, as opposed to the open broadcasting by users in the News Feed. The ultimate goal, according to Zuckerberg, is to integrate the messaging services in Instagram, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp.

“I believe the future of communication will increasingly shift to private, encrypted services where people can be confident what they say to each other stays secure and their messages and content won’t stick around forever,” Zuckerberg said last March.

Wednesday’s announcement is Zuckerberg’s latest move to exert control over all three apps, which were originally intended to operate independently under the Facebook umbrella. Facebook bought Instagram for $1 billion in 2012, and it bought WhatsApp in a $16 billion deal in 2014.

The founders of Instagram and WhatsApp have all quit the company since then — giving up hundreds of millions of dollars — and Zuckerberg has since installed loyalists in their place. WhatsApp founders Brian Acton and Jan Koum left over disagreements that included Facebook’s plans to integrate advertising and other monetization methods. Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike

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Cloudflare announces free, privacy-focused website analytics

A free website analytics platform unveiled today by Cloudflare will offer services similar to Google and other analytics platform, but without tracking users.

“The big ad-supported platforms were hoovering off more and more data on what was going on online and it had sort of crossed the creepiness threshold level,” Matthew Prince, chief executive of Cloudflare told SC Media. “At the same time, and it’s related, you are getting this patchwork of regulations all around the world, which want to control ad platforms. But at the same time, they’re really raising a hurdle for smaller organizations that want to exist online and know if their websites are being read, but don’t care about ads.”

Prince said Cloudflare’s drop-in solution will not store or profit off user data in any way, instead earning the company profit through goodwill and the chance to advertise integration with the Cloudflare denial of service protection and edge computing networks.

Sites that use Cloudflare’s other services would inadvertently get an added feature. While all platform users could configure the service to run similarly to other services, collecting reader data with a javascript plugin, it could also collect data through Cloudflare’s content delivery system without adding any analytics code to their own site. It would be more lightweight, reduce the chance of programmer error, and prevent bots or ad-blocking services from loading the site without running the javascript, exempting them from the count.

Since Cloudflare is not storing reader data, Prince does not anticipate ad-blockers will block its javascript plugin. However, using Cloudflare’s other services would remove that opportunity entirely.

The Cloudflare platform will not be able to reproduce all the data of analytics platforms with more pervasive tracking, which can compile user behavior across the internet for a complete profile of everyone who reaches the site,