Is The End-to-End Encryption offered by Facebook’s Safe? Meta is working on expanding its end-to-end encryption feature that is on Facebook Messenger, the company has announced in a blog post, specifically testing out automatic encryption for chat threads.
Is The End-to-End Encryption offered by Facebook’s Safe?
It is something that seems like a net positive, and the news is set to arrive only days after word surfaced that the company had turned into a private message over to Police, leading to a Nebraska teen that is facing criminal charges over an alleged abortion.
After Allegedly preventing the authorities from getting “wiretap” Access to users’ private communication in the year 2018, this latest turn of events sends what could charitably be called a mixed message concerning how safe and secure those presumably private conversations really are.
For its part, Meta stated that the encrypted message would stay as such, to the point where not even the company itself would be able to gain access to them. So with end-to-end encryption enabled, users, are actually free to talk about whatever they want to without having to worry about their privacy getting invaded, at least when it comes to government authorities and law enforcement requesting copies of messages.
End-to-end Encryption on Facebook Messenger
End-to-end encryption on Facebook messenger is a lot more secure compared to encrypted messages, and it is not a new feature on the messaging platform. Rather, the current issuer is that it has placed the responsibility of actually making use of the feature on the user, as it’s an opt-in service that is called secret conversations that the users are expected to initiate with the person that they are talking to.
Not everyone who uses Facebook Messenger would have the same level of tech savviness or the same vest interest in making sure that their correspondence remains private. If one of the two people having the conversation has not turned encryption on, either because they do not think it’s needed or because they are not aware of it or don’t know how then it is not secure.
If Meta’s Test works out well and it decides that end-to-end encryption would become the new default for messages, then these concerns would most likely disappear. However, at the moment the layer of added protection does not default, and so anyone that is discussing sensitive details is expected to be doing so via a more verifiably secure line of communication like a signal or other apps that feature end-to-end encrypted messaging.