As Facebook seeks to integrate its four mega apps—Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger, and Facebook itself—one of the key aspects of that effort will ultimately be adding end-to-end encryption for all of them and allowing them to interoperate. Currently, only WhatsApp has end-to-end encryption by default, and Messenger merely offers it as an opt-in option within each conversation you have. “People’s private communications should be secure,” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote in his March 2019 memo outlining his vision. “End-to-end encryption prevents anyone—including us—from seeing what people share on our services.”
Ever since Zuckerberg presented his plan, it has sparked debate around the world. Now, as the company makes its first moves to weave together its services, here’s what you need to know.
Why it’s controversial
1. It absolves a platform from responsibility: Because Facebook can’t read the communications being sent, it may be relieved of its current burden…