Now the company is trying to make a match of an odd pair: encryption and ads. According to a report from The Information, the tech giant is building a team of AI researchers to explore possibilities to analyze data without breaking encryption.
This will allow Facebook to insert targeted ads on WhatsApp, and let me highlight here that end-to-end encryption is one of the app’s most marketed features. And that’s the basis of Facebook’s fight against traceability worldwide.
The field of research is called Homomorphic Encryption, which allows you to extract meaningful information without breaking encryption. Companies like IBM and Google are already working on it and exploring its usage in sectors such as health and finance.
As per the Information’s report, there’s no timeline on when Facebook wants to achieve this. But Zuck & co. would want to get this out of the gates as soon as possible to start minting money.