Facebook Messenger is introducing end-to-end encryption for audio and video calls

Facebook has announced that users will soon use Messenger to make end-to-end encrypted voice and video chats.

In 2016, Facebook introduced the option to encrypt one-on-one text chats with end-to-end encryption. This time, if the user desires, they can add calls and videos to this security. In end-to-end encrypted communication, the content of messages and calls is safeguarded from the minute it leaves the user’s device until it reaches the receiver’s device. This means that no one, even Facebook, can see or hear what is sent or uttered.

In addition, the expiring message feature in Facebook’s end-to-end encrypted chats has been enhanced. According to the upgrade, users in chat will now have more options for the period before all new messages disappear, ranging from 5 seconds to 24 hours.

Facebook promises to allow specific individuals access to test more tools that give them more privacy and security in their discussions in the coming weeks. The following are some of the upcoming features:

• Messenger group chats and calls with end-to-end encryption — This test will be conducted between friends and family who already have a group chat. The test will also incorporate end-to-end encrypted communications and user delivery controls. Users may decide who can see the chat list, who goes to the request folder, and who can or cannot communicate, allowing them to restrict unwanted interactions.

• Instagram DMs with end-to-end opt-in encryption — This limited test will be accessible in a few regions, allowing users to opt-in to end-to-end encrypted messages and calls for one-on-one discussions on Instagram.

Source: Facebook

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