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With the extra privacy already enabled on WhatsApp, you still need to start a more encrypted chat (“Secret Conversations” in Messenger) on Facebook Messenger and Instagram. In this regard, Meta, formerly Facebook, took a big step towards encryption and other privacy in 2019. However, Meta’s attempt to offer a more ‘special’ experience; It looks like it will take longer than the company originally hoped .

The company’s chief security officer Antigone Davis said the default end-to-end encrypted messaging rollout for The Telegraph on Facebook Messenger and Instagram is expected to be rolled out in 2023. warned that it was postponed “to a certain time”. Davis noted that the social media company originally planned to have this new venture completed by 2022, but it would take extra time to get it as accurate as possible .

The UK’s new security law could be an obstacle to Meta’s plans

The delay, at least in the UK It also seems possible that it could lead to a strange timing. The country plans to enact a security law in 2023 that will require tech companies to prevent abuse and protect children . The current UK Home Affairs officer, Priti Patel, does not hesitate to point out that she opposes default encryption , arguing that this would “seriously” limit the ability of law enforcement forces to track criminals . It is therefore possible that Meta will face pressure to change its plans until the law comes into effect.

Davis states that Meta will still have the power to detect abuse through a combination of unencrypted information and user reports . Delay can also provide the necessary time to reassure governments and avert potential conflict. In this case, it can be said that the chat encryption is not under any significant threat; however, the fact that it takes longer to happen may also mean that we will encounter more uncertainty in the future.


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