Facebook on Friday rolled out end-to-end encryption for voice and video calls on Messenger, adding another layer of privacy to its widely used communications platform. Facebook’s WhatsApp and Messenger services already have end-to-end encryption on personal texts messages sent by users. The social media giant has gradually been adding audio and video features to its portfolio of messaging services. These features have gained popularity in the past year as people sought to stay in touch virtually during the coronavirus pandemic.
“The content of your messages and calls in an end-to-end encrypted conversation is protected from the moment it leaves your device to the moment it reaches the receiver’s device,’ the blog read.
Facebook said that it also plans to introduce end-to-end encryption for one-on-one conversations on its popular image-sharing app social media platform Instagram.
“We’ll also kick off a limited test with adults in certain countries that lets them opt-in to end-to-end encrypted messages and calls for one-on-one conversations on Instagram,” Facebook said in a blogpost, adding that the security feature will also be tested in the coming weeks on Messenger’s group chats.
New controls for disappearing messages
Facebook has added more options as to how users can control the disappearing messages feature on Messenger. Users will now be able to set a timer — between 5 seconds and 24 hours — after which the messages will vanish from the receiver’s device.
Facebook also said it will also be testing end-to-end encryption for group chats in the near future.