In a commentary in The Telegraph, the head of safety for Meta Antigone Davis said end-to-end encryption of messages in Messenger and Instagram will be delayed to 2023.
According to Engadget, Meta originally planned the move earlier, but Davis said they wanted more time to implement it.
The delay in rolling out end-to-end message encryption on its services could be difficult for Meta, at least in the UK. National legislation will secure cyberspace in 2023 to require the company’s technology to prevent child abuse. Meta could face pressure to make changes once the law goes into effect.
Last year, the US joined the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, India, and Japan in calling for encryption access to local law enforcement, allowing authorities to view messages. and the file is encrypted if the command is issued.