Meta on Monday announced Facebook’s latest features for end to end encryption (E2EE) for its messenger app by default.
Meta’s Melissa Miranda said, “Over the next few months, more people will continue to see some of their chats gradually being upgraded with an extra layer of protection provided by end-to-end encryption.”
According to the social media giant the users will be notified in select individual chat threads as the security feature is enabled. While the process of choosing and upgrading the conversations to support E2EE is random.
She further explained, “It’s designed to be random so that there isn’t a negative impact on our infrastructure and people’s chat experience.”
In addition to switching to E2EE, Meta will also introduce more features into its encrypted chat experience, such as support for themes, custom emojis and reactions, group profile photos, link previews, and active status.After officially testing the feature as a default in August 2022, Meta has finally announced it after nearly five months. The E2EE feature was enabled as an opt nearly seven years ago in the form of “secret conversations.”
WhatsApp already supports E2EE out of the box, and Instagram lets users enable it individually.
Meta hopes to roll out its privacy-focused vision for social networking across Messenger and Instagram at some point this year after taking additional time to “get this right.”
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