After WhatsApp introduced the trend of end-to-end encryption, Facebook has now added the security feature to its messenger app.
Facebook has announced introduction of full end-to-end encryption for Facebook Messenger app. While the service will be initially released to a few users on trial basis, the encryption is expected to be gradually rolled out to all Facebook users globally. However, the feature wouldn’t be activated by default and will have to be manually activated by the user.
The full end-to-end encryption for Facebook Messenger will be eventually available to all users with iOS and Android apps. However, the feature is currently not applicable for the Desktop version or the Facebook messaging tab. The encryption is offered by Signal and will work on only one handset selected by the user which will get an encryption key.
Speaking about the new feature, David Marcus, Vice President, Messaging Products, Facebook, said, “We wanted to make Messenger your primary messaging platform, and while we currently were already using a lot of security to ensure that your messages are safe and confidential, we felt that we needed to go one more extra step with this new model.”