Will Oremus+ Your Authors @WillOremus oh-REE-mus. Senior writer for OneZero at @medium: onezero.medium.com/ Previously: @slate. I write about how tech shapes us. DM for Signal. Aug. 01, 2019 1 min read + Your Authors

ya think?

If only it had been crystal-clear to anyone paying attention that this was exactly what Facebook was doing way back in 2012 and 2014, when it made the acquisitions in the first place. *clears throat*  https://slate.com/technology/2012/04/facebook-instagram-deal-mark-zuckerbergs-plan-to-rule-mobile-sharing.html   https://slate.com/technology/2014/02/facebook-buys-whatsapp-the-world-s-most-expensive-game-of-whac-a-mole.html 

I'm not citing my own articles to imply I was the only one who thought this. Literally everyone thought this, I'm just linking my own pieces because they're the easiest ones for me to remember and find offhand. Here's one from @om just for fun  https://gigaom.com/2012/04/09/here-is-why-did-facebook-bought-instagram/ 

Can't wait for 2024, when the FTC launches an investigation into whether Facebook copied Snapchat Stories.

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