On Friday, August 13, 2021, Facebook announced the addition of an option to encrypt audio and video calls on Messenger.
In fact, users of the social networking giant’s messaging platform will now be able to choose device-to-device encryption for their phone exchanges. In other words, this means that no one, not even Facebook, can see or listen to what is being sent or said,” the California group said in a statement. Far from being new, this option is already on WhatsApp, the messaging system that Facebook has acquired , as well as other popular apps like Apple’s Zoom, Signal, or FaceTime.
However, many governments reject this new option for additional security, in the name of combating terrorism. On the contrary, they declare that they want communication platforms that integrate “backdoors” into their programming, so that their country’s justice system can retrieve messages and photos needed for criminal investigations.
Faced with the discontent of many countries, the giant Apple decided to make concessions, to the general surprise of the technology sector, because the main asset of the manufacturer is respect for privacy.
The company said that “Apple is replacing its end-to-end encrypted messaging system with a monitoring and censorship infrastructure, which will be vulnerable to abuse and abuse not only in the United States, but around the world,” emphasized Greg Nogame, of the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT), In a letter sent to Agence France-Presse.