Facebook Messenger trialling secret conversations with end-to-end encryption

In a bid to ensure users’ sensitive conversations (and information) are not seen by unscrupulous elements, secret conversations complete with end-to-end encryption are being tested on Facebook Messenger.

The feature allows users who want to discuss really important issues and/or share extremely sensitive information to create one-to-one secret conversations that will be end-to-end encrypted.

The conversations can only be read on one device of the person a user is communicating with. That means the messages are intended just for a user and the other person at the other end.

The feature has an extra security feature: timer. With timers, users can control the length of time each message they send remains visible within the conversation.

While it is an amazing feature, users can decide to use it or not – in Nigerian pidgin speak, no bi by force to use am!

This is because some users might want to use rich content like GIFs and videos, making payments, or other popular Messenger features, all of which are not supported by secret conversations.

For some other people, they love using Messenger across several devices, such as a tablet, desktop computer or phone. Secret conversations doesn’t support this either!

At the moment, secret conversations are available on a limited test basis but come this summer, the feature will hopefully be made available to everyone across the world.

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