We all know that all social media apps like WhatsApp, Signal and other messaging apps these days come with end-to-end encryption features. Facebook Messenger is also one of them. It also supports end-to-end encryption, but in this case the encrypted chats lagged behind normal Messenger chats in terms of features and availability. The good piece of information is that the service is now improving Facebook Messenger’s encrypted chats.
Facebook Messenger’s encrypted chats have been enhanced with new features
If you’re a Fb Messenger user, you know that the app lets you set up an end-to-end encrypted conversation with someone by starting a “secret” conversation. However, the fact is that the app has been slowly pushing its normal plain text chats to the encrypted side as well. Reports claim the social media giant is expanding testing of “standard” end-to-end encrypted conversations. The good part is that you may already see some of your chats being self-encrypted. If not, don’t worry. It won’t happen to everyone at the same time, of course, but eventually it will. So stay calm.
The best part is that end-to-end encrypted Messenger chats also get support for chat themes, comments, active status, and link previews. In addition, Android users now also see chat bubbles for these conversations. In short, these now work just like current unencrypted chats. The basic goal is to eventually make all Messenger chats end-to-end encrypted.
Let me tell you, the problem with end-to-end encryption is really that it’s historically been tricky to do it in a multi-device way. The secret conversations currently supported on Messenger were not accessible from multiple devices, nor from the desktop web version of Facebook if we look at history. They can only be accessed from the device they were created on. So for a wider rollout of encryption, Facebook seems to be coming up with something. Let’s wait and see how this develops in the course of this year. Stay tuned!
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