Meta delays end-to-end encryption for Messenger, Instagram till 2023

Meta (formerly Facebook) had announced in 2019 that it will offer a unified messaging system with privacy in mind. As a part of this plan, Facebook Messenger and Instagram were supposed to get end-to-end encryption by default. But leaked reports now suggest that it won’t happen at least until 2023.

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.

“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,” Antigone Davis, Meta’s head of safety was quoted as saying in the report.

Since end-to-encryption means that messages are only seen by the sender and recipient, this might make it difficult to detect any sort of abuse or criminal activity on the platform. Meta wants to make sure end-to-end encryption doesn’t prevent it from helping track criminal activity on its platforms.

Under its new encryption plans, Meta would be able to use non-encrypted data, account information and reports from users to detect abuse on its platforms, a system already in place for WhatsApp.