A recent report revealed that Facebook will not add an end-to-end (E2E) encryption feature to Messenger and Instagram conversations before 2022, while WhatsApp is the only Facebook product that provides secure E2E encryption. Instagram Direct and Messenger will get E2E encryption “sometime in 2022”.
While Facebook previously promised to introduce E2E encryption on both Instagram Direct and Messenger in 2019, however, Facebook is quietly delaying it and now promises to deliver the same by 2022.
“We are also working hard to bring default end-to-end encryption for all of our messaging services,” the company said in the statement. “This will protect private messages for people and only mean the sender and the recipient, not even us, can access their messages.”
While we expect to make further progress on virtual end-to-end encryption for Messenger and Instagram Direct this year, it is a long-term project and we will not be fully encrypted until sometime in 2022 at the earliest, furthermore, the security features we’ve already provided are designed to work. With end-to-end encryption, we plan to continue building strong security features into our services. “
Facebook did not provide any reason for this delay despite acknowledging that users expect data privacy while chatting, and continued the statement: “People want to know how their data is used and what data can be accessed by us or by others when messaging.
In addition, people may have different expectations of privacy based on the size or nature of the group chat or audience. Ultimately, privacy is personal and comes with different expectations depending on their situation. So transparency and controls are the key. “