Facebook is planning to begin a test of end-to-end encryption for its Messenger service, which could eventually bring encrypted conversations to the company’s more than 1.5 billion users. The test is due to begin today, according to reports, and will involve a small fraction of the Facebook user base at the beginning. Facebook Messenger is the company’s text messaging app, and it has nearly a billion active users. The company is now testing an option called “secret conversations” for Messenger, which will enable the end-to-end encryption capability.
Messenger allows users to switch accounts. While a second user is logged in to particular device messages of the first user should not be accessible. However, when the first user returns to the same device they should find their messages intact That said, this feature is still in the developmental phase and Facebook hasn’t confirmed anything about it either. This means that it would sometime before Messenger users are able to enjoy a fully encrypted conversation on Facebook’s platform.
Facebook working on a feature that expands the scope of encryption on its platforms seems to be in sync with the company’s plan to provide strong protection across all its services. private communications should be secure. End-to-end encryption prevents anyone including us from seeing what people share on our services. At the same time, there are real safety concerns to address before we can implement end-to-end encryption across all of our messaging services, Zuckerberg had written in a long blog post outlining Facebook’s ‘privacy-focused vision’.