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New voice and video calls on Facebook Messenger encrypted end-to-end

We are in a time when protecting the user and their privacy is one of the priorities of every social network and messaging service. And Facebook, the most important, has updated one of its platforms for precisely this purpose. We are talking about Facebook Messenger, the function of its social network that became so popular that it ended up becoming independent from Facebook to have its own application. The same as you already have new encryption options.

We are going to see all the news for Messenger one by one:

End-to-end encrypted calling and video calling option

End-to-end encryption is already widely used in applications like WhatsApp to keep personal conversations safe from hackers and criminals. It is becoming the industry standard and works like a lock and key, where only you and the people on the chat or call have access to the conversation. The content of your messages and calls in an end-to-end encrypted conversation is protected from the moment it leaves your device until it reaches the receiver’s

This means that no one else, including Facebook, can see or hear what is being sent or said. Since 2016, Messenger includes the option to secure your one-to-one text chats with end-to-end encryption. And after the increase in the last year and a half in the use of audio and video calls with more than 150 million video calls a day on Messenger, the application gives you the option of whether you want to make video or audio calls with end-to-end encryption.

As we say it is something optional, so if you don’t want to use this added security element, you can make the calls as before.

Up-to-date controls on disappearing messages

Messenger too has updated the message expiration feature in its end-to-end encrypted chats. People don’t always want or need their messages to stick around, and timer controls let you decide when your chat messages expire.

Facebook Messenger updates this setting so that you can choose the amount of time in a chat before all new messages disappear, from as little as 5 seconds to 24 hours.

News coming soon

According to Facebook, “in the coming weeks some people will be able to access more test functions within these fully encrypted chats that offer people greater privacy and security in their conversations ”.

End-to-end encrypted group calls and chats for groups

Facebook will start testing end-to-end encryption for group chats, including voice and video calls, for friends and family who already have an existing conversation thread or are already connected. It will also introduce a test for delivery controls to work with end-to-end encrypted chats.

In this way, you can avoid unwanted interactions by deciding to:

  • Who can reach your chat list
  • Who goes to your application folder
  • Who can not send you any messages.

End-to-end encryption for Instagram

Useful if you use the internal messaging service that Instagram has, On Facebook “We will start a limited trial with adults in certain countries that will allow them opt for end-to-end encrypted messages and calls for one-on-one conversations on Instagram ”. As in the case of Messenger, it is necessary to have a chat or follow each other to initiate an end-to-end encrypted text message.

As always, “you can block someone you don’t want to talk to. “

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