End-to-end encryption for all chats is finally being tested on Facebook Messenger

By TechThop Team

Posted on: 13 Aug, 2022

In an announcement, Meta announced that it will test Facebook Messenger's default end-to-end encryption. According to a press release issued by Facebook on Thursday, testing has already begun 'between some people' and the company will work to make the privacy feature default for all messages and calls by 2023.

The end-to-end encryption will automatically be applied to your frequent chats if you're a part of the test group.

Meta and anyone else cannot access conversations between you and a friend or family member. If Meta feels your messages threaten your safety in any way, you must report them to the company.

Android and iOS versions of Meta are also being tested for secure storage. When your phone gets damaged or lost, or in case a new device with end-to-end encryption becomes available, you can back up your encrypted chats.

Using a PIN/code, you can protect these encrypted backups, and you can store that PIN in services like Google Drive and iCloud.

It's also important to note that Google Drive and iCloud integrations are strictly for saving your backup's PIN. Backups themselves will only be stored on Meta's servers.

Following Meta's involvement in the Nebraska abortion case in which a teenager complied with police to hand over Messenger chats with her mother to terminate her pregnancy at 24 weeks and then buried the fetus afterward, the default end-to-end encryption test is the latest in the case.

In Nebraska, the cutoff for abortion is 22 weeks. Since June 24, when Roe v. Wade was overturned by the Supreme Court, people have been deleting period tracking apps, limiting their online searches for abortion clinics, and wiping their digital footprints out of fear that their data could be used against them.

The default encryption feature will also be rolled out to Instagram Direct Messages in addition to Messenger. A year ago, the company began testing end-to-end encryption on Instagram as part of an opt-in setting, and in February after Russia invaded Ukraine, the feature was made available to adult accounts in those countries.

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