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Why don't Facebook and Instagram protect your messages

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Why don't Facebook and Instagram protect your messages

Why don't Facebook and Instagram encrypt messages?

The end to end encryption is a feature that already incorporates many messaging applications such as WhatsApp. It basically means that everything we send will travel safely, encrypted until it reaches the sender. This prevents, for example, anybody intercepting it if we are connected through a public Wi-Fi network that could be dangerous.

The thing is, two of the most popular social media apps, Facebook and Instagram, don't use end-to-end encryption. It is something that many demand but that is taking a too long time. In fact, we recently learned that it will not arrive until 2023.

But, why so much delay? As they have now indicated, this is the painstaking work they are doing to implement end-to-end encryption. Basically, they indicate that they have a responsibility to protect users and that they will not leave any loose ends for that encryption to be exploited.

This, according to those responsible for Facebook and Instagram, is a problem to have it ready in the short term. In addition, it is going to last at least one more year. Now, the striking thing is that WhatsApp, which also belongs to the same group, has implemented end-to-end encryption.

Artificial intelligence to detect threats

The main reason why it will take longer to implement end-to-end encryption on Facebook and Instagram is that they will use artificial intelligence to proactively detect accounts through different malicious behavior patterns and thus be able to protect private messages.

They indicate that their technology will be able to analyze the unencrypted parts of their platforms, such as account information or photos found in public places, and thus be able to detect suspicions and abuse.

Ultimately, end-to-end encryption on Facebook and Instagram will take a long time coming. The reason, according to those responsible, is that they are working to make this encryption superior, very secure, and avoid any type of problem that may arise and be exploited by an attacker.

For now, what users can do is try to improve the security of the accounts to avoid problems. It is essential to use a good password that prevents the entry of intruders. Also always use official applications that offer us guarantees that there is no security breach. In addition, we must always keep in mind the importance of updating systems and programs to correct errors.