THE CHILDREN of the charity for protection struck Facebook head Mark Zuckerberg on plans to merge messaging services – saying it would help young people direct children.
The idea of integration – which includes Instagram, WhatsApp, and Facebook – aims to make it easier for you to talk to friends.
For example, someone using Facebook can send a message to a friend who only uses WhatsApp.
But the NSPCC says this will also make it easier for pedophiles to penetrate more children.
Her online security chief Andy Barrows said: "The implementation of these messaging services creates more children.
"We know that pickers send messages on a scale – much like phishing messages from thieves trying to steal money.
"Merge messages can make it easier."
As part of the change, all messages will be "encrypted from one end to end" – protection that means that only the sender and the recipient can see them.
But, Mr Burrows added: "Encryption makes it difficult for social networks or law enforcement to see if the gamblers are working."
Facebook has all three separate services and aims to merge messages by the end of this or the year 2020.
Networks will remain stand-alone applications.
Social Media Consultant Matt Navarra said Facebook's move was part of the fight against Apple's popular iMessage service.
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A spokeswoman for Facebook said: "There are many discussions and debates, because we are starting a long process of discovering details about how it works."
Recent data for the year – for 2017-18 – show that police recorded more than 3,000 offenses, about nine a day.
Where police officers noticed the method used to communicate with a child, more than half of the cases (53 percent) were watched on Facebook or the applications it owns.