Meta will not enable end-to-end encryption by default for messages within Facebook Messenger and Instagram until 2023. Antigone Davis, head of security at Meta, writes in an article for The Telegraph. Earlier, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram mentioned 2022 as a possible date for encrypting messages with end-to-end encryption by default.
It is already possible to encrypt messages, but this option is not enabled by default. Meta doesn’t expect to do this until 2023 due to concerns about user security. With the current settings, the company can combat criminal activities. Images of, for example, child abuse can be traced.
With end-to-end encryption, messages can only be deciphered by the sender and receiver. If messages are intercepted, they are therefore unreadable for the ‘interceptor’. This makes it more difficult for authorities such as governments and police forces to stop criminal activities.
Davis says that Meta is looking for “effective solutions” to combat abuse. At the same time, the company wants to protect users’ private conversations. “As a company that connects billions of
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