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Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram may not receive end-to-end encryption by default until 2023

Meta does not appear to intend to end-to-end (E2EE) encryption in Messenger and Instagram by 2023, as first reported by The Guardian.

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The company merged Messenger and Instagram conversations last year as part of its plan to create a unified messaging system across all of its platforms. And while messages sent via Messenger and Instagram can be E2EE, this option is not enabled by default and probably will not be until 2023. WhatsApp already supports end-to-end encryption by default.

In a post on The Telegraph, the Antigone Davis, head of security at Meta, attributes the delay to user safety concerns. Since E2EE means that only the sender and recipient will see their conversations, Davis says Meta wants to ensure that this does not interfere with the platform's ability to help stop criminal activity. Once end-to-end encryption becomes available by default, Davis notes that the company will "use a combination of non-encrypted data in its applications, account information and user reports”To keep them safe, while“helps efforts public safety".

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In a blog post earlier this year, Meta said the default E2EE will be available on Instagram and Messenger.sometime in 2022 at the earliest». But now, Davis says the company wants to "do it right," so it plans to delay the feature's debut until 2023.

Also in 2023, the United Kingdom Internet Safety Act will come into force, which will require online platforms to protect children, as well as to deal with abusive content in a timely manner. This could prevent Facebook's plans to activate E2EE by default, as the UK Home Secretary, Priti Patel, has criticized its use in the past. According to a BBC report, Patel claims that end-to-end encryption could make it more difficult to prevent child abuse on the Internet, stating: "Unfortunately, at a time when we need to take more action Facebook Facebook continues to pursue E2EE projects that put the good, work and progress already at stake».

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Last year, the United States joined the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, India and Japan in calling on local law enforcement authorities to provide backdoor encryption access, which would allow authorities to view encrypted messages and files if a warrant is issued.

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