Meta has three messaging services: Facebook Messenger, Instagram Direct, and WhatsApp. But if you want to use the most secure option, choose WhatsApp.

Indeed, on the latter, Meta offers an end-to-end encryption system by default. The user does not have to do anything to benefit from it and this encryption ensures that the contents of the discussions are unreadable when they pass through the company’s servers.

The good news is that Meta has already announced its intention to offer the same level of security on Messenger and Instagram Direct. The bad news is, it takes time. And obviously, the end-to-end encryption by default will not be applied on these two services until 2023.

Relaying an article from the Sunday Telegraph, The Guardian explains that recently Antigone Davis, head of security at Meta, said: “We are taking our time to get it right and we do not plan to complete the global rollout of end-to-end encryption by default on all of our messaging services until 2023.”

Initially, Meta had planned to launch this encryption feature on Messenger and Instagram Direct no earlier than 2022.

But why ?

While end-to-end encryption is a priority for Meta, which is regularly accused of not sufficiently protecting its users, the group also faces reluctance from many governments. Indeed, according to The Guardian, the British authorities believe that this encryption could be used to exchange child pornography content.

Nonetheless, Meta is said to have a plan to tackle illegal content. According to The Guardian’s explanations, the group would still be able to detect this content using data that is not encrypted, account information as well as reports.

“Our recent review of some historical cases showed that we would still have been able to provide critical information to authorities, even if these services had been end-to-end encrypted.”, Antigone Davis would have indicated.

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In the meantime, Meta has already encrypted calls on Messenger

It should be noted that if Facebook Messenger does not have end-to-end encryption by default, the service does however allow secure messages to be exchanged through a feature that must be activated. And recently, Mark Zuckerberg also announced the start of the rollout of end-to-end encryption for calls on Messenger.

Another reason end-to-end encryption is so important to the Meta Group is that it intends to make its three messaging services interoperable. However, for this to be possible, Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp must have the same standards in terms of security.

Currently, there is already an interoperability feature between Messenger and Instagram Direct, which does not have end-to-end encryption by default.

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