Voice and video calls on Facebook Messenger are getting more secure, with the option of end-to-end encryption now rolling out – so no one else can tap into your communications, not even the team at Facebook.
The update means that video calls and voice calls are now as private as one-to-one text chats, which have had end-to-end encryption since 2016 (although you do need to use the secret conversation feature for it to be enabled).
“People expect their messaging apps to be secure and private, and with these new features, we’re giving them more control over how private they want their calls and chats to be,” writes Ruth Kricheli, Director of Product Management at Facebook Messenger.
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Facebook says that it’s also starting to test end-to-end encryption for group chats inside Messenger, and for direct messages inside Instagram – though only a selected number of users are going to be able to see these options for the time being.
More controls are coming to one-to-one chats that use disappearing messages as well, which is an option inside secret, encrypted conversations: users will be able to choose a duration, from 5 seconds to 24 hours, for messages to stick around for after they’ve been viewed.
The new end-to-end encryption on voice and video calls will be optional, so if you do want to take advantage of the extra security and privacy, make sure that you enable the feature once it appears on your devices.
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