Facebook Messenger Is Getting Optional End-to-end Encryption Soon, Rumor Says

By 10:41 Mon, 02 Aug 2021 Comments

One of the Facebook-owned messaging apps already offers end-to-discontinue encryption to all of its users - we're talking about WhatsApp. However, the social network's other such service, namely Facebook Messenger, has yet to create that step.

But according to a recent rumor, it's only a matter of time. Facebook apparently plans on adding an opt-in end-to-discontinue encryption feature to Messenger at some point "in the coming months", three people close to the project have said.

Facebook Messenger may not have the reach of WhatsApp, but it's still used by more than 900 million people, so this go will be big. End-to-discontinue encryption won't be turned on by default (like in WhatsApp) becautilize of all the smarts that Facebook wants to build into Messenger.

The company reportedly plans on adding a lot of AI-driven features to Messenger, and for those to work to the fullest extent Facebook needs to be able to read your messages - something impossible if you have end-to-discontinue encryption turned on (in which case only you and the person or persons you're communicating with see what you're saying).

Facebook may face some backlash about this decision, in the same way Google did after it announced the recent Allo messaging app at the I/O conference this year, as end-to-discontinue encryption is opt-in there too.

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