Meta’s Facebook started to test the end-to-end encrypted (E2EE) feature as a default for Messenger chats.
The platform enabled E2EE for Messenger in 2016 but users needed to turn on encryption for each chat thread. In the coming period, they will not need to enable it.
By E2EE, the content of each chat thread protected by encryption in Messenger will be only stored on each user’s device. This would consume a lot of storage on a smartphone if all chats are kept on the device.
In the future, E2EE chats will by default be stored on Facebook servers in its Secure Storage service.
But Messenger’s Secure Storage feature is new and will become “the default way to protect the history of your end-to-end encrypted conversations on Messenger,” said Sara Su, Product Management Director, Messenger Trust said in a blog post.
“As with end-to-end encrypted chats, secure storage means that we won’t have access to your messages unless you choose to report them to us,” she added.
Last year, Facebook announced that encryption of all messaging services will not be completed until 2023.
Antigone Davis, the boss of safety at Meta, stated that it will keep working with experts to tackle abuse, but insisted that in previous cases the firm was still in a position to help authorities despite services being encrypted.
Writing in the Sunday Telegraph, Davis noted: “We’ll continue engaging with outside experts and developing effective solutions to combat abuse because our work in this area is never done. We’re taking our time to get this right and we don’t plan to finish the global rollout of end-to-end encryption by default across all our messaging services until sometime in 2023.”