likely to be targeted by malicious hackers.
Meta-owned Facebook says that this step has been implemented to make sure that users don’t lose their accounts to predators and pretenders, especially the ones who are at most risk of being hacked.
As per the social media giant, this move is part of a major expansion of ‘
‘ which aims to provide enhanced security to protect the accounts of people who may be at particular risk, like human rights defenders, journalists and government officials.
The initiative helps these accounts adopt stronger security protections by simplifying security features — including 2FA — and providing additional security protections for accounts and Pages, including monitoring for potential hacking threats.
Facebook will globally begin implementing the new rule over the next few months. For US users, this requirement will be made mandatory within February 2021.
Meanwhile, end-to-end encryption for Messenger and Instagram was earlier planned for sometime in 2022 at the earliest, according to a blog post by Meta. But the company is now delaying this feature to 2023.