WhatsApp’s End-to-End Encryption Isn’t Actually Broken

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WhatsApp’s moderators sent messages flagged by intended recipients. Researchers say this isn’t concerning — yet.

End-to-end isn’t designed to secure messages against the intended recipients.

New revelations about WhatsApp’s moderator access to messages last week might seem like they run counter to the company’s privacy-forward brand, but a closer look shows the messaging service’s privacy protections remain in place and are operating as intended.

First, some background: A report from non-profit investigative journalism organization ProPublica reported that users can flag messages as abusive — and those messages will be sent to a moderator. The report positions the option for moderators to review messages as a security flaw, but - experts disagree with that characterization, explaining the distinction is that the intended user must initiate the review.

This isn’t a violation of the promises of end-to-end encryption, experts explained to Threatpost, which WhatsApp has had in place since 2016. The platform has more than 2 billion users worldwide.

Chris Hauk, who is a consumer privacy champion with Pixel Privacy, explained to Threatpost that this practice isn’t something he has a “problem” with, adding that once a user receives a message, “all bets are off as to

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