Amazon has decided to discontinue Wickr Me, the free-to-use consumer edition of the end-to-end encrypted instant messenger app.
Wickr was acquired by Amazon Web Services on June 25, 2021, so it didn’t take long for the new owners to form a strategy that will better serve their business interests.
As the company explained in an announcement on the Wickr site, it will stop accepting new user registrations on December 31, 2022, and ultimately pull the plug on the platform on December 31, 2023.
AWS Wickr and Wickr Enterprise, used in business environments, will continue to be supported by Amazon, with the company promising to focus its resources on these products now.
“We understand the need for our customers to maintain secure communication for sensitive information, and we are working closely with customers to meet their needs with AWS Wickr,” mentions the announcement.
AWS Wickr is also end-to-end encrypted, meaning that any data intercepted by in-betweeners is encrypted with AES-256, so communications are safe from eavesdroppers.
Moreover, AWS Wickr is compatible with data retention obligations, so it can be used by a broad range of private and public organizations, ensuring compliance with data protection regulations.
For now, there are no instructions on how Wickr Me users can port their data to AWS Wickr, but information on that front will be made available in the coming months.
Amazon did not elaborate on the reasons that led to the decision to shut down Wickr Me. However, blatant abuse of the