Facebook has updated its instant messaging app, allowing all users to have end-to-end encrypted conversations
Facebook has updated its mobile messaging application for more than a billion users and has incorporated "secret conversations". The feature was launched four months ago, but initially rolled into a small group of users. To initiate a secret conversation, enter a conversation page, select the information icon and click on "secret conversation." The background color will turn from blue to black.
"Confidential conversations" are actually encrypted conversations from one end to the other, meaning that access to messages that are passed on is available only to the two interlocutors and a third party is unable to read them. The trend in the last year among the Apps Messaging is at least providing the user with the option to use this type of encryption. WhatsApp, for example, has decided to encrypt earlier this year all calls, while the new app of Google Encrypts them only in Incognito mode.
The update for Messenger works similarly: it offers the option to encrypt conversations using the new mode, but regular calls are still not encrypted. Facebook was criticized for the move, but said encryption meant giving up effective features such as sending GIFs or transferring money to users. As in most Apps The messages are based on the Signal protocol.
Earlier this week, the company Has launched In five countries a light version of the app for Android, designed for markets with problematic connectivity. Messenger Lite weighs less than 10MB and includes the basic functions of Standard Edition, such as sending messages, images, links, and using labels. She Available In thePlay Store.