Companies like Apple tend to shut down the companies and services that they acquire and fold it into their own products and services. They did this with Workflow, Beats Music, and Texture, just to name a few. Facebook on the other hand seems to be more than happy to let their acquisitions continue operating as it is.
However it seems there is a chance that could change because in a report from the New York Times, it appears that Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg is looking to unify its services. No, it does not mean that Facebook’s services will all be merged into one, but rather the infrastructure will be unified so that they share underlying principles across the various apps like Instagram, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger.
One of the things that Zuckerberg is hoping to see is the inclusion of end-to-end encryption across the board. It is unclear what the goal is by unifying the infrastructure, but it has been speculated that it could potentially be to help make these services tied to Facebook even further so that it’s harder for users to quit its platform.
A good example would be WhatsApp, which for the most part has allowed users to use the app/service without necessarily being linked to Facebook. Facebook reportedly plans to complete this by the end of the year or early 2020.