Facebook Messenger joins WhatsApp in end-to-end encryption
The aim is to secure messages and safeguard conversations that are otherwise readable by Facebook itself
Encryption is the latest buzzword for messaging apps and devices. The latest to join the bandwagon is Facebook Inc., which has begun testing end-to-end encryption on its popular Messenger app, similar to what it did with WhatsApp in April. The aim is to secure messages and safeguard conversations that are otherwise readable by Facebook itself. “We’ve heard from you that there are times when you want additional safeguards—perhaps when discussing private information like an illness or a health issue with trusted friends and family, or sending financial information to an accountant. To enable you to do this we are starting to test the ability to create one-to-one secret conversations in Messenger that will be end-to-end encrypted and which can only be read on one device of the person you’re communicating with," wrote the company in a blog post announcing this move.