Google and social networking giant Facebook are set to merge into a global social network with access to data shared by all their users.
Google will share data with Facebook, but the two will keep separate data sets, a Google spokesperson said Thursday.
The deal, which is expected to close by the end of the year, will be part of Google’s $2.5 billion purchase of the social network from Facebook.
The company has said it is investing $1.2 billion in the company.
The deal follows Facebook’s acquisition of a growing collection of social networking apps called Instagram, which also includes the social networking site WhatsApp.
The new social network is expected in 2018.
In addition to Facebook, Google has said that it will build a new social networking app called Twitter that will be available for Google’s Android smartphones and tablets.