Chats will be gradually upgraded over the next few months, adding the end-to-end encryption feature, according to the company. The company will notify users in individual chat threads when the security feature is enabled, while emphasizing that the process of selecting and updating chats to support E2EE is random.
In addition to end-to-end encryption, Meta has also added additional features to its encrypted chat, namely theme support, custom emojis and reactions, group profile photos, link previews, and active status.
Recall that WhatsApp has officially introduced proxy support to combat Internet disruption used by repressive governments. Meta said the solution is intended to enable people to use WhatsApp in countries where the messenger is blocked.