Back in June, we reported on Messenger’s plans to enhance privacy by allowing end-to-end encryption on its app for all users. On Friday, Facebook announced that it is ready to launch end-to-end encryption on Messenger, along with a mechanism that will allow messages to “self-destruct”.
End-to-end encryption has been a long-awaited feature on the platform. With users becoming more and more aware of online privacy and security, it was a one-way road for Facebook to roll out a feature that would ensure that its users can keep their conversations truly private. From the information that has been made public, it is understood that Messenger will give its users the option to store their conversations on their devices and not on Messengers servers, as is usually the case.
Moreover, Messenger will now give users the opportunity to set an expiration date for their messages. Much like expiring Facebook statuses, Messenger will offer the option to have messages disappear automatically after a certain amount of time. This can vary from 5 seconds to 24 hours.
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Most importantly, these new features will not have to be activated on each device. Given that Messenger is cross-platform, meaning that users can carry on conversations from different devices, once a chat thread is marked as encrypted, this will be reflected on all devices where the user is logged in.
As reports claim, Facebook will aim at making these new features gradually available by the end of the summer to all its users. So hang in there! Have you noticed these changes?