Meta previously announced it would be adding encrypted messages to Facebook and Instagram besides WhatsApp, offering such a feature to users since 2014. Along the way of developing the feature, however, Meta decided it’s best to take time to get it right. So instead, the global rollout of the feature will not happen “until sometime in 2023.”
This must reflect the organizations’ feedback criticizing that the end-to-end encryption on the apps would make it inconvenient to view messages sent on platforms and compromise the service’s users.
“As a company that connects billions of people around the world and has built industry-leading technology, we’re determined to protect people’s private communications and keep people safe online,” the company added.
The company plans to address concerns with the encrypted message feature using a “three-pronged approach.” This approach includes creating proactive detection technology, giving users more control over their messages, and better reporting tools.
“As we roll out end-to-end encryption we will use a combination of non-encrypted data across our apps, account information and reports from users to keep them safe in a privacy-protected way while assisting public safety efforts.”
For this reason, Meta plans to introduce the feature possibly in 2023.