The social media giant, until recently known as Facebook, has come under fire from British authorities for allegedly throwing sticks into the wheels of child abuse investigations by proposing to make user conversations private and secure.
Meta company known as Facebook
Meta, formerly known as Facebook, announced that the rollout of end-to-end encryption in private Facebook chats and Instagram direct messages will be delayed until 2023, and the company previously promised to publish the change that would add a new element to protect user privacy in 2022.
Meta encryption feature
“We are taking our time to correct this and do not plan to end the global rollout of end-to-end encryption by default across all of our messaging services until sometime in 2023,” said Davis Antigone, global director of safety for Meta.
The social media giant promised that it would “protect people’s private communications,” while keeping them safe online. Davis did not explain why the deadline had been changed.
However, its mention of keeping people safe online may indicate pressures on the company, particularly in relation to government regulators, and specifically in the UK.
The government argues that encryption will help sexual predators protect against prosecution by law enforcement, however, Meta argues that there are additional ways to detect child abusers, such as using unencrypted data, public account information, as well as abuse reports from users.
Social media giant
The social media giant insists it has seen many cases where these tools helped them refer potential violators to police and law enforcement, and Meta specifically cited such cases in WhatsApp, another messaging product, where end-to-end encryption was For a long time it is the default in private chats.
The social media giant fails to protect its users’ data
Meta has also sought to extend the feature to private chats on other platforms, with the stated goal of protecting ordinary citizens from being monitored by “hackers, criminals, governments or even the people who run the services they use”, and the social media giant has repeatedly found itself in a dire situation. For failing to protect private user data from leakage, mass harvesting, or use for other illegal purposes.
Source: Sputnik International
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