Menlo Park (California), Mar 7 : Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced plans to introduce end-to-end encryption of data across the company’s messaging platforms.
"We plan to build this the way we've developed WhatsApp: focus on the most fundamental and private use case — messaging — make it as secure as possible, and then build more ways for people to interact on top of that, including calls, video chats, groups, stories, businesses, payments, commerce, and ultimately a platform for many other kinds of private services … End-to-end encryption prevents anyone -- including us -- from seeing what people share on our services," Zuckerberg wrote in his blog on Wednesday.
The Facebook CEO continued by noting that apart from encryption, the new communication system would be built on the principles of private interactions, reducing time frames of keeping messages and stories; safety; interoperability; and secure data storage.
"We've started working on these safety systems building on the work we've done in WhatsApp, and we'll discuss them with experts through 2019 and beyond before fully implementing end-to-end encryption. As we learn more from those experts, we'll finalize how to roll out these systems," Zuckerberg pointed out.
Facebook’s three messaging services include Messanger, WhatsApp and Instagram Direct.
End-to-end encryption ensures that data is not accessible by third-party actors when it is transferred between devices.