Facebook Messenger gets end-to-end encrypted voice and video calls
Facebook messenger has received end-to-end encryption feature for voice and video calls. This was announced by the company via its blog. The innovation is already rolling out alongside new controls for disappearing messages. Some users will also have access to additional test functions related to encryption.
Facebook Messenger got end-to-end encryption of text messages in 2016 when the social media giant added secret chats to the app. Now, this mode also supports calls. Facebook said it is rolling out the feature as interest in voice and video calls grows. The company says that Messenger users currently make over 150 million video calls a day.
One of Facebook’s messengers, WhatsApp, has been offering end-to-end encrypted calls for some time, which prevents anyone other than the other person from seeing the content of the conversation. A number of messengers from other companies offer similar solutions, including FaceTime, Zoom, Signal and Telegram. Previously, there were rumors that Facebook might roll out end-to-end encrypted group chats for WhatsApp, Messenger and Instagram, but that hasn’t happened yet.
The Messenger update also touched on text messages. Users can now choose how soon sent messages disappear – from 5 seconds to 24 hours.
The updates described above will be available to all users. In addition, some of them will be able to conduct end-to-end encrypted group chats with friends and family if a separate chat thread has already been created for these users. It’s also worth noting that Instagram Direct messages have received end-to-end encryption support.