Facebook, Instagram Postpones Encryption Plans Till 2023, Here’s Why
Meta, Facebook’s New Parent company has Reportedly postponed plans to roll out end-to-end encryption on Facebook and Instagram.This comes following a row over child safety.
Meta, in a press release obtained by flipmemes, stated that messaging encryption on the apps would now come in 2023.
The process means only the sender and receiver can read messages, but law enforcement or Meta cannot.
However, child protection groups and politicians have warned that it could hamper police investigating child abuse.
The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), has claimed that private messaging “is the front line of child sexual abuse”.
How Does End To End Encryption Work?
The concept, End-to-end encryption works by “scrambling” or encrypting the data while it travels between phones and other devices.
The only way to read the message is usually to get physical access to an unlocked device that sent or received it.
The technology is the default for popular messaging service WhatsApp, also owned by Meta – but not the company’s other apps.
Antigone Davis, Meta’s global head of safety, announced that the reason for a delay in implementing encryption to 2023 was because the company was taking its time “to get this right”.
The company had previously said the change would happen in 2022 at the earliest.
Ms Davis said: “As a company that connects billions of people around the world and has built industry-leading technology, we’re determined to protect people’s private communications and keep people safe online.”