Facebook has added end-to-end encryption in Messenger to make voice and video chats more secure and protected. Besides, users will also get updated controls for disappearing messages in the chats. Facebook says the privacy feature will give the users “more control” and allows them to choose “how private they want their calls and chats to be.”
In its blog, Facebook said it integrated the safety feature after the surge in video chats with 150 million performing audiovisual chats per day. To make their video calls safe and secure the encryption was necessary. Meanwhile, the company had incorporated the safety mode in 2016 for text chats.
Facebook says the E2EE has become “industry standard and works like a lock and key” so the rollout had been a necessity. Just a few weeks ago, experts had warned to stay away from Facebook Messenger for its lack of E2EE protection. Now, it will appease its staunch critics once and for all.
Besides, Facebook has updated its options for Disappearing messages. If you do not want a message to stick around after a certain time frame, you can set it to it.
Messenger initially had one minute 15 minutes, 1 hour, 4 hours, and 24-hour options. Now, it offers a duration between five seconds to 24 hours. If you set a time limit to a message, it will expire after the configured duration.
In addition to the end-to-end encryption, Facebook reveals some people may get “more test features” along the way. The blog also announced it is testing E2EE for group chats that include voice and video calls for friends and family for “existing chat threads”. Furthermore, Facebook will also test delivery controls to work with two-way encrypted chats.
Facebook says, this will prevent “unwanted interactions by allowing users to decide who can reach your chats list, who goes to your requests folders and who can’t message you at all.”
Facebook is the world’s largest social media platform with almost 2.9 billion users as per Statista. Its E2EE will make video calls safe and secure for its 150 million daily video-callers.