Meta Launching Default End-to-End Encryption on Messenger

Facebook parent company Meta will soon be launching default end-to-end encryption for every Messenger user, the company announced on Dec. 6, marking a win for privacy advocates.

The default encryption for all personal chats and calls on Messenger and Facebook will make them "even more private and secure," Loredana Crisan, the head of Messenger, wrote in a blog post announcing the update.

While Messenger users have had the option to manually turn on end-to-end encryption since 2016, the latest update means it will happen automatically to personal one-on-one chats and phone calls, similar to the default standard used on Facebook-owned WhatsApp.

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