Facebook Is Rolling Out Encrypted ‘Secret Conversations’ To Its Messenger App

Facebook Messenger has announced that it will begin testing of end-to-end encryption with secret conversations between two people, and only be viewed on a single device. Offering encrypted messages only read on one device of the person you are communicating with.

It’s Facebook Messenger’s new feature that allows end-to-end encryption on some messages to be read. While it steps short of the full encryption that other messaging services like WhatsApp have adopted, rather gives Messenger a heightened mode of security that Facebook hopes will attract global audiences to download the app.

Messenger's new 'secret conversations' happen one-on-one between two people
About Secret Conversations? It has been built on a Signal Protocol, a modern, open source strong encryption protocol which is developed for asynchronous messaging systems. Using it, users can even choose to set a timer to take control over the length of time each message sent, remains visible within the conversation.

Adding more encryption with secret conversations, which Facebook plans to roll out widely by the end of summer, is nevertheless, aimed at coaxing people to use the service for more communication. By the way, you can also set a message to disappear after a period of time, which is first of all makes them more willing to exchange personal information with a company’s customer service representative on Messenger. People have to opt in to use secret conversations, the company said.

However, the new secret conversations doesn’t support many of Messenger’s features, such as making payments or sharing rich content like GIFs and media like videos. Now that the social giant planning to open up its limited testing to a larger beta groups this summer to grab feedback.

This feature secret conversations is optional anyway as many people want Messenger to work when you switch between devices, such as tablet, desktop PCs or mobile phones.

Currently, Facebook Messenger is one of the most popular instant messaging apps, which competes with the likes of WhatsApp and Telegram – supports end-to-end encryption for all communications. While Japanese messenger LINE has also rolled out encrypted service on its platform, recently.

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