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The interoperability of WhatsApp and Messenger remains an uphill battle for Facebook; an executive argue for privacy-related issues

Facebook is currently trying to merge its subsiding mega-sites but failing due to the extensive variety of data and different algorithms. The platform's claims that transferring such a large load will raise a lot of questionable privacy issues are continually being disregarded by the court and politicians that argue for a more 'refined' and 'interconnected' system.

Nick Clegg (in an interview with Azeem Azhar) claims that even though the idea is fairly substantial and of quite some worth, it is difficult to implement it since it is a hefty task. Facebook asserts that the task will take forever since data on both the sites is very different hence combining it is not a child's play even for one of the mega-platforms.

Facebook then claimed that the heat being received by politicians all over the world is making it even more difficult to achieve success. To solidify their stance, even legislatures have been drawn up in certain regions.

Getting these two platforms - Whatsapp and Messenger to interoperate might not seem that hard since both are communication applications owned by the same father brand however the working of both the algorithms is poles-apart as claimed by Clegg.

Clegg also states that data portability is a lot easier than interoperability but the politicians' stubbornness in achieving the latter is making it impossible for the company to do what they deem as appropriate. Even the most minute data such as usernames are present in millions by which we can judge the total data and the strength it would require.

While the executive praised the idea in favor of the politicians while warning them about being more 'up-front', he also alerted them of the cons that would accompany the interoperability. He claimed that moving data around too much can potentially risk it landing in the wrong place hence the legislation now in favor of the change would have to be ready for some serious action.

One of the members of the legislature supported his argument by insisting that Facebook's potential to solve much harder problems is being undermined here - of course, this issue isn't as massive as it is being turned into. He claimed that since all these messaging sites work per a similar protocol, it shouldn't be that difficult to merge them. But then, of course, it is easier said than done.

When Facebook attorneys (48 of them) argued the case in court, presenting theft and privacy-related issues that would be brought by the change, the case was 'thrown out of the court. Hence proved that the law will persist until it gets what it wants.

Facebook continues to argue yet there is little the platform can do but to continue working on the solution.


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