Finally, end-to-end encryption arrives to Facebook Messenger (only for the iOS and Android apps)

Finally, end-to-end encryption arrives to Facebook Messenger (only for the iOS and Android apps)
Besides being the world's second most popular chat app, Facebook Messenger is perhaps the most full-featured and pleasant looking of them all, with cross-platform appeal, rich link previews, desktop client, thread video playback, stickers, and even payments and AI bots thrown in for a good measure.

There is one thing sorely missing, though, and that is end-to-end encryption. Facebook Messenger is the last bastion of popular unencrypted chat apps, so it's only natural that the company will seek to remedy this. It has been long in the making, but finally Facebook has announced that full end-to-end encryption is coming to your Messenger threads. The initial phase will be a trial run to a limited batch of users, starting today, and then the service will gradually be rolled out globally.

We say "the service," as encryption won't be switched on by default, but will rather be an opt-in feature. While some privacy proponents at the past have sniffed at such an approach, it is probably a good idea in this case. The securing of Messenger will do away with its recent AI efforts, like the now infamous chat bots, as well as with inline video playback, GIF sharing and money transfers - all features that some might miss, so Facebook is providing a choice here. 

Moreover, the chat encryption will be available in the iOS and Android apps of Messenger, not in the desktop software, or in Facebook's messaging tab itself. It is also provided by Signal, and will work only on one mobile device of your choosing, which will be sent an encryption key. Still, it seems that the company is trying to strike a good balance between encryption and features, introducing a smokescreen where it makes the most sense. In any case, the implication for privacy aficionados will be major, as Facebook Messenger's near one billion users don't overlap much with WhatsApp's billion, so most everyone who wants to talk in secret will be able to do so pretty easily now.

source: Wired & TechCrunch

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7 Comments

1. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

Just what the robots wanted!! Humanity is near to its end !!!

2. mammary.moon

Posts: 31; Member since: Jun 30, 2016

what ? totally off topic comment indian . this has nothing to do with robots , only encryption and privacy

5. Barney_stinson

Posts: 672; Member since: May 30, 2016

Ohk!! So you dnt know there are VPN's right!! I can be anywhere!! Screw you!! But well to understand my comment , you must have brain!!!

8. mammary.moon

Posts: 31; Member since: Jun 30, 2016

You can have a VPN and Facebook will still collect your data

3. mammary.moon

Posts: 31; Member since: Jun 30, 2016

i dont miss fb messenger's gimmicks like gif sharing , money transfer and other gimmicks . but "work only on one mobile device of your choosing, which will be sent an encryption key.". So i have multiple mobile devices , iOS , windows phone , android that i use . That means i can only use Facebook messenger on one of them ?

6. Gadgetex

Posts: 194; Member since: Nov 10, 2013

End to end encryption is ridiculous. Anyone who can log on from any computer can access your messages from this computer where as if you have Line Messenger the messages are only on your smartphone unlike Facebook Messenger which can be accessed from any computer making their end to end encryption rather uselessness

7. Ezio2710

Posts: 548; Member since: Aug 22, 2015

Lol....it doesn't matter if your are WP

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