As part of Meta’s vision for a privacy-focused platform, we believe people’s personal, private communications with other people should be secure. We care deeply about providing the ability for people to communicate privately with their friends and loved ones where they have confidence that no one else can see into their personal conversations.
We currently provide private communication through WhatsApp, Messenger and Instagram Direct Messages (“DMs”). In WhatsApp, end-to-end encryption ensures only you and the person you’re communicating with can read or listen to what is sent, and nobody in between. And in Messenger and Instagram DMs, you have the option to protect your messages by end-to-end encryption just for you and the people you’re talking to.
In the past year, we have announced additional features in our optional end-to-end encryption chats in Messenger. In Messenger, we also announced that we started testing secure message storage and default end-to-end encryption. We expanded optional end-to-end encryption in Instagram DMs, prioritizing Ukraine at the start of 2022.
We expect future versions of Messenger, Instagram DMs, and WhatsApp to become the main ways people communicate on the Meta network. We’re focused on making all of these apps faster, simpler, and more secure for private conversations, including with end-to-end encryption. We plan to add more ways for people to interact privately with friends and groups. We also offer a number of communication platforms across Meta to bring people together more socially, in a less personal space - such as Facebook and the metaverse via Quest devices or Horizon Worlds, conversations across Facebook Group members through Community Chats, or watching videos together on a livestream. Some of these platforms may allow for user customization for individual preferences, or require additional integrity measures to ensure compliance with our Community Standards.
With more than 2 billion users, we are excited to give people more choices to protect their privacy. People should have the right to choose to personalize their experience and we have a responsibility to our users to set a clear, thorough approach to privacy by providing people with the safest private messaging experiences for messaging with friends.