Facebook continues to receive backlash for its weak and delayed encryption policies. A new press release by Gail Kent, Policy Director of Facebook Messenger, said the company’s working on end-to-end encryption for Messenger and Instagram Direct are still in progress. Users can expect this to happen sometime in 2022, at the earliest!
No Encryption by Default
A consumer-facing business such as Facebook always has a lot on its table to deal with. One of the critical things among them is the privacy of its users. Facebook received and continues to receive a lot of backlash in these terms, as we have seen the platform sharing data with third parties without users’ consent, and much more.
Now, it’s already plagued by the community adding default end-to-end encryption for its chat services on Instagram and Facebook. WhatsApp has this support for years, though governed by the same owner. And this makes users mad about why Facebook is taking this long to add that support to Instagram Direct and Facebook Messenger.
As Messenger’s Policy Director, Gail Kent, said so, this may continue another year. In a new press release from him yesterday, Kent said,
“While we expect to make more progress on default end-to-end encryption for Messenger and Instagram Direct this year, it’s a long-term project and we won’t be fully end-to-end encrypted until sometime in 2022 at the earliest. Moreover, the safety features we’ve already introduced are designed to work with end-to-end encryption, and we plan to continue building strong safety features into our services.”
Thus, Facebook users should continue chatting in their Secret Conversations feature until the default end-to-end encryption arrives. The same happens with Telegram, another chat service that recently exploded in popularity after WhatsApp announced new data collection policies.