Meta delays plans to encrypt messages on Facebook and Instagram until 2023


21 nov 2021 15:42 GMT

Meta will delay its plans to encrypt its users’ messages on Facebook and Instagram by 2023, according to the company’s head of security, Antigone Davis, in a note to the media. The Telegraph This saturday.

This decision was made amid warnings from child safety activists that encryption proposals, that is, when only the sender and receiver of the message can access it, would protect abusers from detection.

“We are taking our time to get it right and we do not plan to finalize the global implementation of end-to-end encryption by default across all of our messaging services until sometime in 2023,” Davis announced. In addition, he assured that Meta could detect abuses in its encryption plans through the use of unencrypted data, account information and user reports. “Our recent review of some historical cases showed that we would still have been able to provide critical information to authorities, even if those services had been end-to-end encrypted,” he added.

Meta ya uses end-to-end encryption on its WhatsApp messaging service and had planned to extend it to its Messenger and Instagram apps in 2022.

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