Instagram and Facebook postpone plan to encrypt messages like on WhatsApp – Celular – Tecnoblog

A Meta, company responsible for the Facebook, intended to include end-to-end encryption by default in the Instagram e Facebook Messenger until next year. The company, however, chose to postpone the implementation of the feature to 2023. That is what the company’s global head of security, Antigone Davis, tells in the The Telegraph.


Meta defers end-to-end encryption implementation by default on Instagram and Facebook Messenger (Image: Unsplash/Solen Feyissa)

The information comes from an article signed by the executive and published in the British newspaper this Saturday (20). Throughout the text, Davis demonstrates how Meta will ensure the privacy and security of users in its products, citing end-to-end encryption at various times. But the point that stands out the most in relation to the security system is in the last paragraph (our italics):

“We will continue to engage with outside experts and develop effective solutions to combat abuse because our work in this area never ends. We are taking our time to do this right and We do not plan to finish the global implementation of end-to-end encryption by default across all of our messaging services until sometime in 2023.”

Antigone Daves, Head of Global Security at Meta

In other words, it will take a while for Facebook Messenger and Instagram Direct to adopt end-to-end encryption by default. Meanwhile, the feature continues as the basis for WhatsApp’s operation, which even adapted the security system to implement the multi-platform architecture.

Importantly, Messenger even has an option to encrypt conversations. Through the mobile app, the user can start a secret conversation where messages and calls are protected by the system. Still, you need to enable the feature manually every time you want to start a chat more securely, unlike WhatsApp, which already keeps the function enabled by default.

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook (Image: Anthony Quintano/Flickr)
In 2019, Mark Zuckerberg confirmed integration between Instagram, Facebook and WhatsApp with a focus on privacy and security (Image: Anthony Quintano/Flickr)

Encryption on Instagram and Facebook was coming in 2022

Encryption by default is one of the most anticipated features of Facebook Messenger and Instagram Direct. In April 2021, Antigone Davis told the British newspaper that the company would make the change to make the security system the rule in 2022. But the deadline was pushed back to 2023, as this weekend’s article indicates.

Other changes to Meta’s chat services have also been on hold since 2019. In March of that year, Mark Zuckerberg confirmed the integration between WhatsApp, Instagram and Messenger. At the time, the executive stated that the company would become a platform “focused on privacy”.

The CEO of Meta also pointed out five pillars for the development of its products. The group is made up of private interactions, encryption, reducing the time publications are available, protection, secure data storage, and interoperability. The combination of these factors aimed to ensure more privacy, security and convenience to users.

The approximation between the services began throughout 2020. In June of last year, WhatsApp received a shortcut to initiate video calls via Facebook Messenger Rooms. Later, in August, it was Instagram’s turn to start integrating Messenger conversations into Android and iPhone (iOS) mobile apps.

With information: Engadget, The Guardian and Telegraph (1 and 2)

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