Facebook has started rolling out a new feature for Messenger that will provide end-to-end encryption for messages on the platform.
However, unlike WhatsApp, the end-to-end encryption setting will not be default and users can choose to turn it on.
Facebook Messenger has started testing one-to-one conversations in Messenger that will be end-to-end encrypted. “That means the messages are intended just for you and the other person — not anyone else, including us,” Facebook said in a post.
Users can choose the duration for which their encrypted message will be visible to the other user by setting a timer. Facebook says their technology uses the Signal Protocol developed by Open Whisper Systems.
The encrypted messages can only be seen or read on one device. And thus, Facebook says that it has kept the secret message feature optional as people would want Messenger to work when they switch between devices, such as a tablet, desktop computer or phone.
The one-to-one secret conversations don’t support GIFs and videos or making payments.
Thus when we want additional safeguards — perhaps when discussing private information like an illness or a health issue with trusted friends and family, or sending financial information to an accountant facebook messenger can serve as a healthy treat to business people and daily users in future.