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Instagram announces encryption for DMs in Ukraine, Russia

Meta has announced the rollout of encrypted one-to-one chats in photo-sharing service Instagram available to users in both Ukraine and Russia.

  • Published: March 2, 2022 11:06 AM IST
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Meta has announced the rollout of encrypted one-to-one chats in photo-sharing service Instagram available to users in both Ukraine and Russia. Also Read - Meta updates privacy policy, says Indian users can choose not to accept

The company said that users on Instagram will be alerted to the option via a notification that will appear at the top of their direct message inbox.
The notification will inform the users to switch over to an encrypted conversation if they wish to. Also Read - Instagram global outage: Getting logged out, unable to refresh feed and more issues reported

Messenger and WhatsApp already offer end-to-end encryption to billions of users. Also Read - Instagram down: Twitter reacts with hilarious memes about the Meta-owned application

“We want people in Russia to continue to be able to hear from President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and others in Ukraine,” said Clegg, Meta’s president of global affairs.

In addition to restricting access to RT and Sputnik across the EU, Meta is also globally demoting content from Facebook Pages and Instagram accounts from Russian state-controlled media outlets and making them harder to find across its platforms.

“We have also begun to demote posts that contain links to Russian state-controlled media websites on Facebook,” said Meta.

The company already labels Facebook Pages and Instagram accounts from Russian state-controlled media outlets so people know where this information comes from.

“By providing this additional transparency, we aim to give people more context if they want to share direct links to Russian state-controlled media websites or when others see someone’s post that contains a link to one of these sites,” it added.

(With inputs from IANS)

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  • Published Date: March 2, 2022 11:06 AM IST



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