This week, Facebook, a Silicon Valley corporate titan, revealed that it has officially started implementing full encryption for the Facebook Messenger app, along with new features to manage vanishing messages.
An encrypted message can only be read by the sender and the recipient. Voice and video calls will be protected by the encryption. Data privacy on mobile phones has become a hot button issue in recent years.
“The content of your messages and calls in an end-to-end encrypted conversation is protected from the moment it leaves your device to the moment it reaches the receiver’s device,”
Messenger director of product management Ruth Kricheli said in a blog post. “This means that nobody else, including Facebook, can see or listen to what’s sent or said.”
A Messenger option to encrypt text messages has been available since 2016. This encryption, on the other hand, isn’t implemented by default, like it is in WhatsApp.
With more than 150 million calls conducted on Messenger every day, Facebook has added the option of encrypting communications from one end to the other to prevent eavesdropping.
You may now pick when the messages you send will expire, which is an interesting feature that came with this version.
When people don’t want their words to be saved in conversation, Facebook now offers the option to delete a message for a period of time between five seconds and 24 hours, so that it disappears.
Messenger group talks will be tested in the next weeks, according to Facebook.
Applications like Facebook’s WhatsApp already utilize end-to-end encryption, and it’s becoming a standard.
In light of Apple’s recent revelation that it will examine encrypted messages for evidence of child sexual abuse, concerns have been raised that the same technology may be used by the government to spy on people.
Until recently, Apple had fought efforts to weaken its encryption, which prohibits third parties from seeing private conversations.
The move marks a huge shift for Apple. Following years of standoffs, Apple has decided to make a move.
According to law enforcement officials, even when police obtain a lawful warrant for an investigation, “end-to-end encrypted” communications — where only the sender and receiver can see messages — can protect criminals, terrorists, and pornographers.
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