Meta delays end-to-end encryption for Facebook Messenger and Instagram until 2023

Meta delays end-to-end encryption for Facebook Messenger and Instagram until 2023
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In the wake of mounting concerns over child safety, Meta has delayed encryption for Facebook and Instagram until 2023.

Meta rescheduled the end-to-end encryption plans after a row over child safety on these major platforms.

End-to end- encryption means that only the sender and receiver can read messages. No law enforcement agency or Meta will be able to read them.

But the child protection groups and politicians have warned that it could potentially hamper police investigating child abuse cases.

How Meta End-to-end encryption works?

It works by encrypting the data while it travels between mobiles and other devices.

Over privacy concerns, Meta’s plans to expand encryption for Facebook Messenger and Instagram have been delayed.

As this could shield the majority of abusers from detection.

As per Meta, the delay in implementing encryption to 2023 is because the company will take its time to get this right.

The company had earlier scheduled the change for 2022.

It will consider a number of additional preventative measures like:

-Proactive detection technology that will scan for suspicious patterns of activity.

-Placing under-18 users into private or friends only accounts by default.

-Restricting adults from messaging them if they are not already connected.

-and educating the young minds with in-app tips on how to avoid unwanted interactions.

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