Facebook has announced that the rollout of cryptographic features for its massively popular Messenger chat service has completed, bringing end-to-end encryption to the largest messaging network in existence.

Back in July, the social network company said it was testing the privacy feature on a limited basis which would eventually be rolled out to all 900 million users of the app. On Tuesday, Facebook told Wired that rollout had finished.

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Messenger now implements the same highly regarded cryptographic Signal Protocol that the company's WhatsApp platform uses to encrypt messages, but the Messenger app needs to be updated and the feature turned on for it to work.

A new "Secret Conversations" option can now be found at the top-right of the app's New Message screen, provided that users have enabled the option from the Me profile settings screen.

The encryption protocol covers one-to-one text chats and stickers used within threads, but does not currently support the use of videos and GIFs.

Messenger users who update the app will also get to use a new Snapchat-style option that erases messages after a specified duration.

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

Top Rated Comments

fitshaced Avatar
80 months ago
'Secret conversations'. Bloody hell. What a drama queen. Why not just encrypt all conversations instead of making it look like a adolescent girls diary?
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
dekadent Avatar
80 months ago
End-to-end encryption until someone in the conversation gets sand in their private parts:

"If you think a message you've received in a secret conversation ('https://www.facebook.com/help/messenger-app/811527538946901?helpref=faq_content') goes against our Community Standards ('https://www.facebook.com/communitystandards'), you can report it. When you report a secret conversation, recent messages from that conversation will be decrypted and sent securely from your device to our Help Team for review. We won't tell the person you're talking to that you reported it."
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
miknos Avatar
80 months ago
What's the point if they're not encrypted by default? And if Apple keeps data for 30 days, imagine Facebook.

Do they still keep your microphone listening in the background "to keep the app working"? Oh, it's the Facebook app only.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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