The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) might file an injunction against Facebook to keep it from integrating its Messenger app with WhatsApp and Instagram, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Facebook shares dropped sharply on Thursday, declining about 2.7% post the report. The social media giant had first hinted its plans to merge the three apps in March.
Sources say that the FTC could block Facebook from pursuing further “interoperability,” which is its word for the ways in which its platforms interact.
The word is that Facebook is trying to integrate its messaging services Messenger, WhatsApp, Instagram with each other so that users don’t have to switch between apps when interacting with friends. Zuckerberg first mentioned this ambition in March when he outlined the vision for the future.
"If you want to message people on Facebook you have to use Messenger, on Instagram you have to use Direct, and on WhatsApp, you have to use WhatsApp. We want to give people a choice so they can reach their friends across these networks from whichever app they prefer. We plan to start by making it possible for you to send messages to your contacts using any of our services, and then to extend that interoperability to SMS too."