Meta Platforms announced the initiation of end-to-end encryption for all personal chats and calls on Messenger and Facebook. This security upgrade is designed to protect users from potential threats and enhance their overall online safety.
Effective immediately, users can experience the benefits of end-to-end encryption, ensuring that their messages and calls remain private. While the feature is ready for immediate use, the implementation across all Messenger accounts may take a short while.
Previously, Messenger users had the option to manually activate end-to-end encryption. However, Meta has now streamlined the process by making it the default setting, ensuring that all messages are automatically encrypted. This change aims to simplify the user experience and prioritize privacy.
Meta, known for its encrypted WhatsApp platform, emphasizes that this security measure is crucial in safeguarding users against hackers, fraud, and criminal activities. By defaulting to end-to-end encryption, Meta aims to create a more secure online environment for its vast user base.
The implementation of end-to-end encryption has sparked discussions and debates between companies and governments. Notably, in September, the British government urged Meta to exercise caution in rolling out encryption on Instagram and Facebook Messenger, specifically highlighting concerns related to child safety and protection against sexual abuse.