Encrypting messages on Facebook will be delayed. Meta will deploy it in up to two years – Communication – Science and Technology


All messages between sender and recipient on Messenger will not be automatically encrypted until 2023. Automatic encryption so far only works on WhatsApp.

Messages you send to each other via Messenger on Facebook are not encrypted. Only a fraction of users of the largest social network are aware that access to their communication is not exclusive, and in addition to the sender and recipient, the content of messages can be read, for example, by Facebook itself. The same goes for Instagram, which belongs to Meta (formerly Facebook).

The only exception to the service portfolio is WhatsApp, which has been automatically encrypting news for the past five years, which has paradoxically been criticized several times. Some governments (especially authoritarians) and government organizations did not like not being able to see what users were writing to each other and whether they were a threat to national security.

The meta develops security mechanisms. They protect juveniles

Meta made no secret of the fact that it wants to strengthen security and privacy in the remaining services (Instagram and Messenger) and automatically encrypt all messages in them. She originally wanted to introduce so-called end-to-end encryption as early as 2022, but these days she announced that she would not make it and would not encrypt messages until a year later. The delay is reportedly caused by several security mechanisms that Meta wants to implement.

After the new Meta, it will not be able to read the messages, but will be careful to detect suspicious activity when, for example, users create multiple new profiles or send messages to a large number of unknown people. Adults will also have limited opportunities to contact children and adolescents. If they do not have a child among friends, they will not be able to send him a message.


Source: Pravda – Veda a technika by vat.pravda.sk.

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