In short: Messenger and Instagram’s parent company had previously pledged that it would implement end-to-end encryption (E2EE) by 2022 in all of its messaging apps. However, according to Meta’s security officer, it will take longer than expected, as it won’t happen until 2023.
When Meta was still called Facebook, it declared that E2EE would become available on Messenger and Instagram by 2022 at the earliest, but that is no longer the case. As writing By Antigone Davis, Global Head of Security at Meta, this feature won’t be added until 2023.
The reason for the delay lies in the development of a system where the social media conglomerate can continue to support law enforcement and tackle online abuse without violating your privacy (read access to the content of your posts ). To develop such a system, Meta “created strong security measures in [its] plans and engaging with privacy and security experts, civil society and governments. “
In summary, Meta aims to develop a system that focuses on three key aspects.
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The first aspect is âproactive detection technologyâ which looks for suspicious activity and takes action accordingly. This technology is already online, but continued development to improve it is still underway. Additionally, Meta will go the extra mile to protect minors, educating them about online dangers, assigning their accounts to private or “friends only” accounts by default, and prohibiting adults from sending them messages unless they are. ‘they are not already connected.
As for the second part of the approach, the social media company will give users more control, allowing them to choose who they talk to. Meta has already implemented features that allow users to decide who can send them a message and who cannot. It is also possible to filter direct message requests on Instagram, removing any offensive content.
For the third and final aspect, the social media giant will encourage users to report harmful posts and even trick them into doing so if Meta thinks it is starting to become a problem. The reported messages and users will then be investigated and, if necessary, information will be sent to the responsible authorities.
E2EE is already available on WhatsApp, ensuring that message content can only be read by the sender and recipient, and preventing hackers and criminals from accessing and using them for malicious purposes.
âAs we roll out end-to-end encryption, we will use a combination of unencrypted data in our applications, account information and user reports to protect them in a protected manner while contributing to security efforts. public, âDavis said. “This kind of work already allows us to make vital reports to child safety authorities from WhatsApp.”
As Meta works to implement E2EE in its other messaging apps, alternatives like Telegram and Signal are gaining popularity, even more after the incident that destroyed the Facebook network.