Facebook has begun testing Messenger’s default end-to-end encryption
Facebook has provided an update on its long-awaited intentions to enable end-to-end encryption (E2EE) by default in its Messenger chat platform, stating that testing for conversations “between select individuals” has started this week.
Facebook Messenger users may presently enable E2EE on a per-chat basis, although such opt-in systems are typically supported by a security-conscious minority. Making end-to-end encryption the default will be a significant move, adding a significant layer of protection to a chat platform used by over a billion people across the globe. It is also expected to spark debate with governments who claim that E2EE hampers their capacity to combat crime.