Meta, formerly known as Facebook, has no plans to release automatic end-to-end (E2EE) authentication to Instagram and Facebook Messenger until 2023. The social media giant had merged Instagram and Messenger conversations last year to create a cohesive messaging platform. all companies under it.
While users may choose to activate E2EE for messages sent via Messenger and Instagram, that option is not automatically activated and will probably not come until some time in 2023, reports The Verge. WhatsApp, another Meta-owned messaging platform, already supports end-to-end encryption automatically.
Antigone Davis, head of Meta security, said the delay was due to concerns about user safety, the report quoted sources as saying. As E2EE states that only the sender and receiver will see their conversations, Davis said Meta wants to ensure that this does not interfere with the platform’s ability to help stop criminal activities.
When E2EE is automatically available, Davis noted that the company will “use a combination of unencrypted data across all of our applications, account information and user reports” to help keep them safe, while “assisting public safety efforts.”
Meta had stated in a blog post earlier this year that the default E2EE would be available on Instagram and Messenger, “sometime in 2022 early.” But now, as Meta wants to “get this”, Davis said the company plans to delay. the first feature until 2023.
The UK Internet Safety Bill will also come into effect in 2023, which will require online forums to protect children from harm, as well as immediate action against abusive content. This could disrupt Facebook’s plans to automatically allow E2EE, as UK Home Secretary Priti Patel has criticized its use in the past.
Last year, the US joined the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, India, and Japan in a call to give local law enforcement access to the back door, which would allow authorities to view encrypted messages and files. letter of authority.