With social media giant Facebook and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg being in the soup off late due to privacy issues for sharing data of millions of account holders and invasion of privacy, Zuckerberg has announced that the company is moving towards addressing such issues and will encrypt messages on all its services. In a statement, Facebook’s CEO said that offering end-to-end encryption on its messaging services such as WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Instagram, is the right thing to do.
However, with deep-end encryption, lawmakers feel that the move will make it harder for them to track messages from perpetrators and extremist groups. Ironically, just a few months back, lawmakers in various countries were concerned that Facebook and its messaging services were not doing enough to protect the data of its users, considering that WhatsApp, Facebook, and Instagram have more than a billion users each.
That said, Zuckerberg signed off by saying that they have shown its users in the past that they can build services that the people want, and they will continue to do so in the future, and the end-to-end encryption of their messaging services is their next big step towards building trust.
Source: News 18