Facebook to rebrand Instagram as well as WhatsApp

Get ready for''WhatsApp from Facebook' and''Instagram from Facebook

Facebook owns Instagram and WhatsApp and plans to make that obvious

Admittedly, Facebook doesn't stand much to gain by putting its name on the apps: It's already a household name, and one that has become associated with privacy scandals. Its users will be able to notice it when they log on to their accounts as well as it can be observed in different places like app stores. But before doing so, Facebook needs everybody to know Instagram and WhatsApp are part of the company, as it wants to append its name to both services.

WhatsApp and Instagram employees have already been notified about the rebranding. Well, it seems you have no choice as the company is exerting more influence over the direction of both apps.

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The social media giant first adopted this strategy a while ago, adding the "from Facebook" suffix to the Workplace and Oculus services. The business will carry on in the same manner but the apps will just be rebranded on the Google Play Store as well as the Apple App Store. This means that WhatsApp and Instagram's new name will turn to WhatsApp from Facebook and Instagram from Facebook, respectively.

Facebook has yet to say when the changes will go into effect, however we'll continue to monitor the situation as it develops.

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The sudden rush to claim ownership from Facebook is surprising considering the bevy of charges against the company for violating user privacy. The change has been confirmed by the company spokesperson, saying they want to "want to be clearer about the products and services that are part of Facebook". In addition, the "About" page of WhatsApp on Android has also been updated with a brand name as "Facebook for WhatsApp".

The changes come at a time when antitrust regulators are examining Facebook's acquisitions of both apps in an effort to find out whether the company acquired the platforms in an effort to neutralize rivals.

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