Facebook Messenger, Instagram chats will not get end-to-end encryption until 2023

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Meta, Instagram, and WhatsApp’s parent company — doesn’t plan to roll out end-to-end encryption (E2EE) by default on Messenger and Instagram until 2023.
“We’re taking our time to get this right and we don’t plan to finish the global rollout of end-to-end encryption by default across all our messaging services until sometime in 2023,” Davis wrote in the Sunday Telegraph. She added that the company was determined “to protect people’s private communications and keep people safe online.”
The decision to delay the move is because the company wants to ensure that end-to-end encryption does not hamper efforts to stop criminal activity. She also wrote that Meta will “use a combination of non-encrypted data across our apps, account information and reports from users” to help keep users safe and assist authorities.
The issue also concerns Ofcom, the communications regulator in charge of implementing the internet safety bill, which will go into effect in 2023 in the UK and requires tech companies to protect children from harmful information and prevent abuse on their platforms. Melanie Dawes, the chief executive of Ofcom, told the New York Times on Saturday that social media sites should prohibit adults from sending direct messages to children or face criminal penalties.
Instagram and Facebook enable users to activate disappearing messages in vanish mode. Messages sent in vanish mode are encrypted and disappear after the chats are over.
 

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