Meta Platforms expands features for EE2E on Messenger App

Pierluigi Paganini January 24, 2023

Meta Platforms announced the implementation of more features into its end-to-end encrypted Messanger App.

Meta Platforms started gradually expanding testing default end-to-end encryption for Messenger.

The company announced that over the next few months, its users will continue to see some of their chats gradually being upgraded with end-to-end encryption. 

“We will notify people in these individual chat threads as they are upgraded. We know people will have questions about how we select and upgrade individual threads, so we wanted to make clear that this is a random process.” reads the announcement.

Meta Platforms pointed out that the process of choosing the users and upgrading the conversations to support E2EE is random to prevent a negative impact on company infrastructure and people’s chat experience.

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The IT giant also announced it has introduced some features in Messenger to end-to-end encrypted chats, including support for themes, custom emojis and reactions, group profile photos, link previews, active status, and bubbles on Android.

“Building a secure and resilient end-to-end encrypted service for the billions of messages that are sent on Messenger every day requires careful testing. We’ll provide updates as we continue to make progress towards this goal over the course of 2023.” concludes the announcement.

The announcement of expanding features for EE2E on Messenger App is good news for the users, however, it is important to understand how the company manages metadata.

Metadata includes a lot of information that can be used to track habits of users, and more, for this reason it is essential to extend the encryption also to them.

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Pierluigi Paganini

(SecurityAffairs – hacking, Meta)

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