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End-to-end encryption is coming to Facebook Messenger

By Peter Chu - on 11 Jul 2016, 10:45am

End-to-end encryption is coming to Facebook Messenger

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It looks like Facebook Messenger has finally decided to hop onboard the encryption bandwagon, as Facebook has recently announced in a blog post that they are currently testing a feature that would allow users to create one-to-one secret conversations on Messenger that will be end-to-end encrypted.

Why isn’t Messenger making every conversation encrypted by default? Because secret conversations can only be read by the intended recipient, and they can only be read on one device, which might be inconvenient to users who wish to have their conversations synced between their various mobile devices. Also, it is worth mentioning that secret conversations aren’t compatible with rich content such as GIFs and videos.

This end-to-end encryption feature – which is currently only available to a select number of users – is built around the Signal Protocol developed by Open Whisper Systems, which, coincidentally, is also being used by WhatsApp for its own encryption needs. And just like on Telegram, the secret conversations you have on Messenger can be timed to self-destruct – though you might want to bear in mind that they can still be screencapped before then.

Facebook says the option to engage in secret conversations will be rolled out to more users this summer.

Source: Facebook via Engadget