Facebook Messenger enables end-to-end encryption by default

What took them so long?

MajorLinux - Editor-in-chief

Something we need a little more of in society is privacy for things we want to stay private between certain parties. Meta has finally enabled that to start happening on Facebook Messenger by default.

Announced Wednesday, the rollout of end-to-end encryption for personal messages and calls using Facebook Messenger has begun.

Today I’m delighted to announce that we are rolling out default end-to-end encryption for personal messages and calls on Messenger and Facebook, and a suite of new features that let you further control your messaging experience. We take our responsibility to protect your messages seriously and we’re thrilled that after years of investment and testing, we’re able to launch a safer, more secure and private service.”

Loredana Crisan, Vice President, Messenger

The blog post goes on to say that while the option to encrypt has been available since 2016, it took so long to enable it by default because Meta wanted to get it right. It even mentions working with “outside experts, academics, advocates, aand governments” to make sure “privacy and safety go hand-in-hand.”

Along with default E2EE messages, Meta also announced message editing. This can be done up to 15 minutes after messages have been sent. Also making an appearance is disappearing message improvements. They can now last up to 24 hours after being sent. There are also read receipt controls and photo and video upgrades.

You can find out more by visiting Meta’s post about it at the source link.

Source: Messenger News (Meta)

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Marcus Summers is a Linux system administrator by trade. He has been working with Linux for nearly 15 years and has become a fan of open source ideals. He self identifies as a socialist and believes that the world's information should be free for all.
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