Facebook has announced that it will begin rolling out optional end-to-end encryption within its Messenger app for iOS and Android on a limited test basis, ahead of the option becoming more widely available through early September.

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Messenger users will be able to create one-to-one "Secret Conversations" in Messenger that will be end-to-end encrypted and which can only be read on one device of the person they are communicating with.

Within secret conversations, Messenger users will have the option to set a timer to control the length of time each message sent remains visible within the conversation. The technology is based on the Signal Protocol by Open Whisper Systems [PDF].

Facebook said secret conversations do not currently support rich content like GIFs and videos, making payments, or other popular Messenger features.

End-to-end encryption will not be enabled by default, and secret conversations will not be available through Messenger.com, Facebook chat, or the desktop Messenger app for now, per TechCrunch, which also explained how to start a secret conversation:

…just tap on your friend's name at the top of your current message thread. If you're part of Facebook's test group, you'll see an option called "Secret Conversation." Once you click it, a new conversation thread opens, with a notice at the top informing you that the chat is end-to-end encrypted.

The timer feature that allows messages to be erased after a certain time period has elapsed is located right next to the text field. It offers a drop-down list of times you can select for how long you want your message to last before it expires, ranging from 5 seconds all the way up to 6 hours.

Messenger is free on the App Store [Direct Link] for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch.

Top Rated Comments

mcfrazieriv Avatar
103 months ago
Encrypted end-to-end between you, your friend and the FBI... that is, Facebook Inc.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
[AUT] Thomas Avatar
103 months ago
Yeah... totally trustworthy... after all those privacy settings users had to opt-out I'd trust this e2e encryption as much as brexit campaign promises.

Or maybe, data analysis is already done on the client devices to save ressources on facebook servers and only the results are uploaded to fb. That would actually make sense. :cool:
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
WB2Colorado Avatar
103 months ago
I see the tinfoil hat crowd is out in force tonight.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
modemthug Avatar
103 months ago
False sense of security; Facebook is totally harvesting the contents of your conversation.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
smacrumon Avatar
103 months ago
Facebook network is owned by advertisers.

Every post you share, every friend you make, and every link you follow is tracked, recorded, and converted into data. Advertisers buy your data so they can show you more ads. You are the product that’s bought and sold.

Facebook encryption is nothing more than faux trustworthiness and a facade of privacy.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
isomorphic Avatar
103 months ago
I want to keep my data encrypted from Facebook.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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