Facebook has now started testing end-to-end encryption for audio and video calls on Messenger, in Secret Conversations. The platform supports this encryption method for rest – texts and media, but the group chats and payments are yet to be covered. This testing phase could happen for months, as Facebook has already said rolling out to stable channel in 2022 only.
End-to-end Encryption in Secret Conversations
For a while, Facebook has been accused of various privacy issues. This led the company to introduce a range of tools to get over users’ concerns and earn confidence from them. One among them is the end-to-end encryption on Messenger’s Secret Conversations, where only the sender and recipient will be to see the messages conversed between them.
This has been supported on almost every app we see today, as users are moving more towards privacy. Thus, Facebook is now testing the end-to-end encryption for audio and video calls in Messenger’s Secret Conversations. The same is available for texts and media already but been missing for group chats, payments, and audio/video calls.
While it’s in testing phase now, this could last for a span of months since Facebook has already said they’d bring end-to-end encryption support to Messenger and Instagram Direct in 2022, at the earliest. In its post, Facebook said, “While we expect to make more progress on default end-to-end encryption for Messenger and Instagram Direct this year, it’s a long-term project and we won’t be fully end-to-end encrypted until sometime in 2022 at the earliest.”
Also, the company is testing a new timer feature in Secret Conversations, which could offer more flexibility to the current similar feature – by letting users set the desired time of 1 minute, 15 minutes, or 24-hour intervals for vanishing the messages.
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