Part 2: What are the concerns raised with Facebook’s encryption
If WhatsApp cannot access the content, then law enforcement and government agencies cannot access it either. Not without compromising an endpoint, a smartphone.
Politicians and security officials lamented the fact that criminals, terrorists, pedophiles, can send messages safe from government snooping, relying on the platforms to keep their secrets away from prying eyes.
Facebook even wishes to bring the encryption feature to the Facebook Messenger app but is facing difficulties. Since June 2019, government officials have been voicing out their opposition, that technology companies must not stand in the way of backdoors being added to these platforms.
Government officials from the U.S., U.K. and Australia have asked Facebook to delay further deployment of encryption without “including a means for lawful access to the content of communications to protect our citizens.
Currently, the encryption feature in Facebook's messenger is not a default option.