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Facebook Messenger and Instagram postpone end-to-end encryption of metadata

Meta (formerly Facebook) has announced that it will postpone the end-to-end encryption (E2EE) update of the two Facebook Messenger and Instagram applications related to user security issues until the end of 2023.

In 2019, Meta announced plans to create a unified messaging system on all platforms. By 2020, Facebook Messenger and Instagram applications will achieve unified messaging on all iOS and Android devices.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg also stated in some of his keynote speeches that he hopes that this unified system will default to end-to-end encryption as soon as possible, possibly in 2022. But Meta had to postpone the launch of the plan until the end of 2023, citing concerns about user safety. The end-to-end implementation has been completed on the WhatsApp platform and Messenger’s voice and video calling functions, and now there are only two platforms left, namely Messenger and Instagram.

Meta will use unencrypted data in its applications, including user reports and account information, to detect abuse on the platform to ensure its safety and support work safety. All the public.

As more and more cases of child sexual abuse occur online, some countries have launched online activity regulations to ensure that children are not abused as a requirement. Among them, the sexual assault of children on online platforms such as Facebook is becoming a problem that these platforms must take action to prevent children from being harmed.

However, in terms of end-to-end encryption, this means that only the sender and receiver can see the chat content, so it is difficult to detect abuse on different platforms. The basis of Meta.

End-to-end encryption will be strictly controlled through a mechanism that requires companies to implement encryption to allow law enforcement agencies to access encrypted data upon order. Promulgated.

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