To say that Facebook has faced its fair share of privacy and security issues in recent years is probably an understatement. Despite all that, it is still a fairly popular social media platform, especially its Messenger and Instagram apps. But if you expect them to release privacy features like default end-to-end encryption, don’t hold your breath, at least until 2022. They haven’t talked about plans for these important security features, but now they’ve talked about them. that. Kind of.
Facebook published a fairly extensive blog about results of your Messaging Policy Workshop and an update on their “approach” to private messaging. They have been conducting some workshop discussions and shared a few key points, none of which is news to most of us who have been following security and privacy issues over the past few years. They shared things as consumers wanting more privacy and security controls, as well as protection against scams and hacking, as well as finding the balance between security, privacy, and security.
But what users really wanted to know is whether we will soon get end-to-end encryption for Messenger and Instagram Direct, similar to what we get from WhatsApp. Sadly, the answer is that they are working on it, but it won’t come this year. They said they hope to “make more progress” this year for the default encryption for the two apps, but that it is a long-term project that they don’t expect to finish “until 2022 at the earliest.”
Actually, for Messenger, there is already end-to-end encryption, but it is only for when you switch to “Secret Conversation” mode. This means that all messages exchanged in this mode are not stored on any server or seen by operators, Internet providers or Facebook itself. But what people want is to have one that is the default for all Messenger conversations. Instagram currently does not have any type of encryption in its Direct section.
If you are looking for end-to-end encryption for your messaging services, there are plenty of options like Telegram, Signal, and even Facebook’s own WhatsApp. We will probably know more about this next year if they have made any progress.