Meta (formerly Facebook) is pushing back the activation by default of a confidentiality system on the messaging systems of its Messenger and Instagram platforms.

Instagram and Messenger will wait until 2023 for the automatic activation of end-to-end message encryption.


The default end-to-end encryption (E2EE) of messages on Messenger and Instagram was due to take place no earlier than 2022. But this protection system, which ensures that shared data is only seen by the sender and the recipient, will be late. It was finally postponed to 2023, said the US tech group that owns Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp.

“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,” said Antigone Davis, chief security officer at Meta, reports the British daily “The Guardian”. “As a company that connects billions of people around the world and has developed cutting-edge technology, we are committed to protecting people’s private communications and keeping them safe online,” he said. added.

Child protection

Meta, which has already introduced end-to-end encryption on Messenger for audio and video calls, as well as on WhatsApp, says that even if the conversations will be encrypted, its services will still be able to detect criminal abuse and help “Public safety efforts” using “a combination of unencrypted data in its applications, account information and user reports.” The British media explains that the postponement decision is among other things linked to the fears of child protection activists who are concerned that the automatic activation of end-to-end encryption will protect attackers.


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