Facebook Messenger and Instagram might not get end-to-end encryption by default until 2023
Meta – Facebook, Instagram and the parent company of WhatsApp – does not plan to roll out end-to-end encryption (E2EE) by default on Messenger and Instagram until 2023, first reported by The Guardian.
The company merged Messenger and Instagram chats last year, as part of its plan to create a unified messaging system across all of its platforms. And while messages sent via Messenger and Instagram can be E2EE, that option isn’t enabled by default – and probably won’t – until 2023. WhatsApp already supports E2EE by default.
In an article by The telegraphMeta’s chief security officer Antigone Davis attributes the delay to concerns about user safety. Since E2EE means only the sender and recipient will see their conversations, Davis says Meta wants to make sure this doesn’t interfere with the platform’s ability to help stop criminal activity. Once E2EE is available by default, Davis notes that the company “will use a combination of unencrypted data in our applications, account information, and user reports” to help keep them secure, while “helping efforts. of public security â.
In a blog post earlier this year, Meta said that E2EE by default will be available on Instagram and Messenger âno earlier than 2022â. But now Davis says Meta wants to “get it right,” so the company plans to delay the feature’s debut until 2023.
The UK’s Online Safety Bill will also come into force in 2023, which will require online platforms to protect children and tackle abusive content swiftly. This may hamper Facebook’s plans to activate E2EE by default, as UK Home Secretary Priti Patel has criticized its use in the past. According to a BBC report, Patel says E2EE could make it harder to prevent child abuse online, stating: âUnfortunately, at a time when we need to take more action … Facebook is still pursuing plans E2EE that place the work and the progress already made is compromised.
Last year, the United States joined the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, India and Japan in a call to donate to the forces local order backdoor access to encryption, which would allow authorities to view encrypted messages and files if a warrant is issued.