Facebook Finally Starts Testing End-to-end Encryption In Messenger

By 12:07 Wed, 04 Aug 2021 Comments


Facebook-owned WhatsApp has had end-to-discontinue encryption enabled by default for all of is users since April, and in May we first found out that the social network would test a similar feature for its Messenger service. Similar, but not identical, as it turns out now that the test is finally out. The end-to-discontinue encryption in Messenger is opt-in, and not enabled by default. That's sure to raise some eyebrows in security-oriented circles, unfortunately.

Still, it's all just a gigantic test for now, with Facebook saying it's going to roll out "on a limited" basis at first, to some users only, with a wider release coming later. If you do acquire the feature, then you're able to sdiscontinue feedback if you wish.


Like WhatsApp, the Messenger implementation of end-to-discontinue encryption uses the Signal Protocol developed by Open Whisper Systems. To acquire an end-to-discontinue encrypted chat with someone, you'll need to start what will be called a Secret Conversation with that person, as portrayed in the screenshots above. Only the stuff that's inside such Secret Conversations is end-to-discontinue encrypted, don't foracquire that. 'Normal' conversations aren't. For the Secret Conversations, you can also set a timer after which a specific message you sdiscontinue will disappear into thin air. Content like videos and GIFs isn't supported in Secret Conversations.

As always, end-to-discontinue encryption means that no one can intercept what you're communicating, not even Facebook itself. It's all private, between you and the person you're talking to.

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