Today Meta launched its new end-to-end encryption for one of the most used messaging app that is Facebook Messenger. This feature is going to be enabled by default for your personal messages and calls on Facebook and Messenger.
Did you know that this Messenger encryption was initially launched in 2016 and given the name “Secret Conversation”? There were plans to extend this platform to include new features.
In the blog post by the company they mentioned that Messenger has been offering end-to-end encryption to its users since 2006. With the latest update, Meta is changing private chats and calls in Messenger to end-to-end encryption by default.
According to the head of Messenger, Loredana Crisan, this update marks a significant step forward in enhancing user privacy and security:
Since 2016, Messenger has had the option for people to turn on end-to-end encryption, but we’re now changing private chats and calls across Messenger to be end-to-end encrypted by default. This has taken years to deliver because we’ve taken our time to get this right. Our engineers, cryptographers, designers, policy experts and product managers have worked tirelessly to rebuild Messenger features from the ground up. We’ve introduced new privacy, safety and control features along the way like delivery controls that let people choose who can message them, as well as app lock, alongside existing safety features like report, block and message requests. We worked closely with outside experts, academics, advocates and governments to identify risks and build mitigations to ensure that privacy and safety go hand-in-hand.
You might be wondering what benefits this new feature will bring to you. This new end-to-end encryption provides an extra layer of security ensuring that the content of your messages and calls is better protected. No one not even Meta officials, will be included in the conversation between two people unless the message is reported.
This new feature also adds additional functionalities such as the ability to edit messages. Similar to WhatsApp’s new feature, you will be able to send high-quality HD images. Additionally a disappearing message button, akin to WhatsApp, has been introduced. You will notice similar features to WhatsApp making the new Messenger smooth to use without the need to switch to another messaging platform.
Meta notes that end-to-end encryption won’t prevent users from enjoying features like themes and custom reactions. However, “it may take some time for Messenger chats to be updated with default end-to-end encryption