Meta, the company formerly known as Facebook, won’t finish encrypting your end-to-end Facebook Messenger & Instagram chats until 2023, according to its global safety chief.
Antigone Davis wrote in the UK newspaper The Sunday Telegraph about the company’s efforts to keep children safe on its platforms. “We are taking our time to get it right and do not plan to finish the global rollout of end-to-end encryption by default in all of our messaging services until 2023,” said Davis.
In April, Davis told The Telegraph that the company would end end-to-end encryption of Facebook & Instagram Messenger by 2022.
End-to-end encryption means that only senders & recipients can see the messages they exchange.
Meta’s private messaging app, WhatsApp, already uses end-to-end encryption, and in 2019 Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the company would merge all of its messaging infrastructure to use the encryption.
In the UK, Meta has fought a political battle over end-to-end encryption of its services, with a focus on child safety. In 2019, Home Secretary Priti Patel pressured Meta to provide workarounds so law enforcement could access end-to-end encrypted messages, as well as officials from the Five Eyes Intelligence Alliance which includes the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Meta says end-to-end encryption is important for user privacy and can help law enforcement identify criminals with metadata – data that does not relate to the actual content of a message .
Davis wrote in the Sunday Telegraph: “We believe people don’t have to choose between privacy and security, which is why we are building strong security measures into our plans & interact with privacy and security experts, the civil society and governments to make sure we’re doing it right. .