Facebook to Launch End-to-End Encryption

owilson - July 8, 2016 - 06:19 PM

Facebook to Launch End-to-End Encryption

Facebook has announced its hopes to integrate end-to-end encryption in Messenger conversations.

(CCM) — On Friday, Facebook made public its plan to introduce end-to-end encryption to its Messenger service in the form of secret messages. In a blog post, the social media giant clarified that, in an effort to provide its users with the utmost privacy, not even its own employees would have access to said messages. This addition comes on the heels of that of other communication industry leaders, like Apple and WhatsApp, who have not only provided end-to-end encryption but have also refused to cooperate with law enforcement's requests to breach this line of security.

Another feature that will become available in secret messages will be the ability to set especially sensitive messages to self-destruct after a chosen period of time, at which point it would disappear from both ends of the conversation. The biggest upside of secret messages, however, also doubles as its greatest weakness — its super-private transmission will only allow the messages to be viewed on the device to which it was sent, which is why Facebook has set the capability as optional. It also does not yet support rich content, like GIFs and videos, making payments, and other popular features. Secret messages are currently still being tested limitedly by Facebook but are expected to roll out more widely over the course of the summer.

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