Sunday, July 10, 2016

Facebook Messenger will soon let you self-destruct, encrypt, hide chats

Facebook Messenger
IMAGE: FACEBOOK
If you have been loving using Whatsapp for its recently introduced end-to-end encryption, good news! Facebook is testing a amazing new security system within its Messenger app. The application will now be able to keep your secrets hidden better than any other app ever has.
The application's features are currently exclusive to certain users and will be end-to-end encrypted. What does this mean for the privacy of the users? Facebook ideally would not be able to read them.

Now, you will also have a lot more control over your messages. You will be able to put a timer and self-destruct your messages and also make sure that the message you send is read on only one of the devices of the recipient.

But why would anyone really need such privacy on Messenger? Facebook answered in a blog post Friday, that the platform would become an ideal area for discussing an illness, financial numbers, or any private information. Additionally, the features will be restricted to only messages for now, meaning that stickers, GIFs, or any media will come in the future.
Facebook Messenger's new security
IMAGE: FACEBOOK
However, unlike Whatsapp's default end-to-end encryption, Messenger will NOT have the encryption on by default. Users will have to the select the option for each message.

This is huge for Messenger as with 800 million monthly users, the platform has grown exponentially. The added security should just simply add to the growing platform, as privacy has always been an issue that Facebook has faced in the past.

The feature is to roll out to several users over this summer and will ask users for feedback. Facebook's blog post explained that "During this test, we will gather feedback about the functionality, measure performance and introduce tools to enable you to report objectionable content to us. We are putting a lot of thought into the design and implementation of this feature, and we are grateful to the security and privacy experts who have given us their valuable input."