Safe communications supplier Wickr has introduced that it’ll shutter its free encrypted messaging app, Wickr Me, subsequent yr.
Wickr was based in 2011 and have become one of many first mainstream end-to-end encrypted messaging apps, till it was acquired by Amazon’s cloud providers large Amazon Net Companies in 2021.
In a put up revealed Friday, Amazon stated that Wickr Me will shut down for good on December 31, 2023. Amazon says the app will cease accepting new person registrations on December 31, 2022 earlier than it’s discontinued fully the next yr.
The shutdown will solely have an effect on the consumer-facing model of Wickr, which has turn into fashionable amongst journalists and whistleblowers seeking to ship end-to-end encrypted and self-destructing messages. Wickr’s different merchandise, that are geared in the direction of authorities companies, navy organizations, and enterprises, gained’t be impacted.
“After cautious consideration, we can be concentrating Wickr’s give attention to securing our enterprise and public sector prospects’ knowledge and communications with AWS Wickr and Wickr Enterprise, and have determined to discontinue our client product, Wickr Me,” Amazon stated, including that the corporate was engaged on permitting Wickr prospects to securely talk with people exterior of their group.
The shutdown announcement follows studies that the corporate’s free messaging app had allowed criminals to trade photos of kid sexual abuse. In June, NBC Information, citing courtroom paperwork, legislation enforcement, and activists, stated Amazon had carried out “little” to proactively tackle the issue.
Wickr’s, whose backers have included the CIA and controversial non-public safety agency Blackwater, had additionally turn into a hub for drug sellers pressured off the darkish net by the closures of infamous unlawful items marketplaces comparable to Silk Highway, in response to studies.