Facebook Messenger and Instagram, owned by Meta, are delaying plans to encrypt user messages until 2023.
In an article in The Telegraph, Antigone Davis, Meta’s chief security officer, attributed the delay to concerns about user safety.
“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,” Antigone Davis wrote in The Telegraph.
âAs a company that connects billions of people around the world and has built cutting edge technology, we are committed to protecting people’s private communications and keeping people safe online,â added.
With E2EE, only the sender and recipient will see their conversations, the company wants to make sure this doesn’t interfere with the platform’s ability to help stop criminal activity.
Facebook started rolling out encryption on its Messenger service in 2016, but it only works when users use the secret chat feature on the service.
Earlier this year, Meta said the default E2EE would be available on Instagram and Messenger âno earlier than 2022â.
Facebook has been criticized over the years for being slow to implement end-to-end encryption by default on all of its platforms.
In addition, Meta also plans to unify the infrastructure behind the three messaging platforms – Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram Direct.