Wickr me, the free encrypted messaging app Amazon Web Services owns the property is shutting down on December 31, 2023. In a post on its websiteWickr says: app Before going completely, we will cease accepting new user registrations after December 31st 2022. next year.

AWS acquired Wickr last year The secure version was packaged and began to be packed messaging app Within its business offerings. This version app, Wickr AWS, isn’t going away, and neither is Wickr Enterprise. The shut down does not affect Wickr Me, the customer-facing Wickr Enterprise. is Journalists, whistleblowers, or anyone who wants to protect their messages from prying eyes are often among those who use these words.

Recent reports indicate that however, app It has been a popular outlet for criminals. with NBC News reporting In June, the app is “a go-to destination” If you want to share images about child sex abuse, It’s also been implicated in the past as a hub for drug dealers who’ve been forced off the dark web.

“After careful consideration, we will be concentrating Wickr’s focus on securing our business and public sector customers’ data and communications with AWS Wickr and Wickr Enterprise, and have decided to discontinue our consumer product, Wickr Me,” This is the text of the post. “We also realize that some of our business and public sector customers use Wickr to communicate with individual users outside their network. We’re focusing on enabling this in AWS Wickr too.”