Encrypted 'Secret Conversations' roll out to all 900 million Facebook Messenger users
If you’re new to Secret Conversations, what you should know is that these are extra-secure conversations that add end-to-end encryption to the range of security measures that all regular Facebook Messenger conversations already make use of.
Regular conversations are not end-to-end encrypted, a measure which has drawn some criticism from the online community. On its part, Facebook says that end-to-end encryption spells the end of a lot of useful features, such as chat bots, inline video playback, GIF sharing, or and money transfers.
To start a Secret Conversation, open Facebook Messenger on your Android or iOS device, open an existing conversation, tap the information icon in the upper right corner, then select ‘Secret Conversation’. End-to-end encrypted conversations can also include self-destructive messages, which will automatically themselves once their user-selected timer has expired.