Status: 07.12.2023, 12:52 p.m.
Facebook Messenger introduces end-to-end encryption for greater security, but what does this mean for millions of users of the platform worldwide?
Facebook's Messenger service is about to undergo a major security update. Although the end-to-end encryption (E2EE) option has been available since 2016, it has remained an opt-in feature until now. This is now changing as Meta, Facebook's parent company, announces the implementation of E2EE as the standard for all face-to-face chats and calls.
Encryption as the New Standard: Advanced Testing and Implementation Plans
From the end of 2023, Facebook Messenger will offer end-to-end encryption for chats by default. This development represents an important security improvement as it better protects users' messages and content.
The Facebook group Meta brings end-to-end encryption to Facebook's messenger service. © Symbolic photo: Jakub Porzycki/Imago
Meta has completed the internal testing phase of E2EE on Facebook Messenger and has now entered the extended testing phase. These tests are a crucial step in the development and preparation of the full implementation of encryption.
Impact on Facebook Messenger and Instagram
The Meta Group reaffirms its commitment to the privacy of its users by announcing that end-to-end encryption will be implemented not only for Facebook Messenger, but also for Instagram. This move is expected to make the private communications of more than one billion users worldwide more secure. In addition, Meta will separate the chat functions between Facebook and Instagram from December 2023.
Originally, it was planned to introduce the full E2EE as early as 2022. However, this launch has been postponed to 2023. The reasons for this delay have not been officially announced, but they underscore the complexity and importance of introducing such technology to widely used communication platforms such as Facebook Messenger and Instagram. Most recently, Meta also discontinued Facebook Messenger Lite.