Facebook, now Meta, delays end-to-end encryption on Messenger and Instagram

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Facebook, now Meta, delays end-to-end encryption on Messenger and Instagram

The generalization of end-to-end encryption will take longer than expected, has just announced the Meta group (formerly Facebook).

“We are taking our time to get it right and we do not expect to complete the global rollout of end-to-end encryption by default on all our messaging services until 2023”explained Antigone Davis, global head of security at Meta, in a column of The Telegraph.

In a blog post from last April, Meta still thought it could roll out this security feature across all of its offerings by the end of 2022.

It must be said that in terms of end-to-end encryption, Meta’s messaging services are currently moving in disorganized fashion. On WhatsApp, all messages are end-to-end encrypted by default. On Facebook Messenger, it is possible to have end-to-end encrypted conversations, but not by default. On Instagram, the messages exchanged are not end-to-end encrypted.

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If Meta wants ” take his time “ before activating end-to-end encryption everywhere, it is because it seeks a fair balance between the protection of personal data and the fight against cybercrime, and in particular child pornography.
End-to-end encryption is the best way to keep messages private, but — according to law enforcement — it also allows child pornography networks to remain in the shadows.

To solve this squaring of the circle, Meta relies on a mixture of solutions. First of all, the group wants to beef up its “proactive detection technologies”which consists in finding the “suspicious activity patterns”.
For example, banning someone who keeps creating new profiles or sending messages to a large number of people who are not part of their contacts.

“This technology is already operational and we will increase its efficiency”emphasizes Antigone Davis.

Meta also intends to rely on good user behavior. They will have more means to filter unwanted messages and will be more encouraged to report illegal content.

Apple may set a precedent

For the moment, the explanations given by Meta are still too vague to really get an idea of ​​the detection technologies that the group intends to integrate into its messaging systems. What is certain is that he is not the only one trying to spare the goat and the cabbage when it comes to encryption.
Last August, Apple presented a device for detecting child pornography images for iMessage. A month later, the Cupertino giant backtracked and announced the pause of this project, in front of a real outcry. Like Hell, the road to safety is paved with good intentions…

Source : The Telegraph

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