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Meta Unveils End-to-End Encryption for Messages and Calls

What Is Happening

Meta has announced its plans to implement end-to-end encryption across its Facebook, Messenger and Instagram platforms. It will cover both messages and calls, ensuring that only the sender and recipient can access the content. It will be the default option for all users.

While this long-awaited implementation is welcomed, it has also raised serious concerns about child abuse.


The journey towards implementing end-to-end encryption began in 2016. At that time, Meta introduced encryption as an optional feature in Messenger.

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg has promised to bring encryption in 2019 following high-profile scandals, including the Cambridge Analytica incident.

The delay in implementing this feature was attributed to meticulous work by Meta’s engineers, cryptographers, designers, policy experts, and product managers.

This has taken years to deliver because we’ve taken our time to get this right.

Messenger head Loredana Crisan highlighted the extensive efforts.

According to Crisan, although the new features will be available right away, it will take some time to fully deploy the privacy feature for all users.

It is worth noting that the WhatsApp platform, which is also owned by Meta, already encrypts messages.


Despite the security and privacy benefits, concerns have been raised about potential misuse of encryption. Critics, law enforcement, and a 2022 Meta report highlight risks like facilitating human trafficking, spreading hate speech, and enabling the exploitation of children.

What will Meta’s bosses say to children who have suffered sexual abuse, whose trauma will be compounded by their decision not to preserve their privacy?

Internet Watch Foundation chief executive Susie Hargreaves expressed concerns.

Britain’s interior minister, Suella Braverman, warned Meta that rolling out end-to-end encryption must “not come at a cost to our children’s safety.”

Meta has failed to provide assurances that they will keep their platforms safe from sickening abusers.

She added.

The minister urged Meta to develop strong safeguards as part of its plans for end-to-end encryption.

Closing Comments

End-to-end encryption in Facebook and Messenger is essential for protecting privacy. However, valid concerns have been raised about potential misuse, especially in areas such as child abuse. It is crucial for Meta and other messaging companies to implement measures that prevent abuse on their platforms. By doing so, they can create a safer online environment for all users.



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