The Facebook has at times received strong criticism of security of the Messenger messaging application. Now the popular social media platform informs its users that Facebook Messenger is becoming more secure and private, as users will now be able to voice calls and video calls with end-to-end encryption.
Many may have thought that this feature was already available, but in fact the company in recent years offered this security option only for text messages. Now Facebook said decided to add end-to-end encryption to Messenger's other communication capabilities, namely calls and video calls, due to their increase in the last year, where users could not meet acquaintances and communicate through applications chat.
The company pointed out that during this period, there were more than 150 million video calls a day in Messenger.
Other Facebook products, such as WhatsApp, already have end-to-end encryption built-in. This kind of encryption ensures that only the sender and recipient have access to the content exchanged via messages and calls. No one else, including Facebook, can read messages or listen to calls. Nevertheless, Facebook said that users can always they mention an encrypted message "if something goes wrong", indicating situations such as harassment.
End-to-end encyrpion has not yet reached Universal Messenger. For example is not yet available for group chats and group voice and video calls. Facebook has said it will test these features with some users in the coming weeks.
In addition, Facebook presented an update on disappearing messages feature in Messenger, which allows users to control how long someone can see their messages in a conversation before they disappear.
Finally, the company will also test end-to-end encryption in its messages Instagram. This test will include adults from specific countries and will allow them to choose to receive encrypted messages (end-to-end) and calls.