Facebook Messenger announces new features and increased security in voice and video calls in a blog post.According to Facebook, the communication app has seen an increase in voice and video calls, with more than 150 million video calls made per day.
End-to-end encryption for voice and video calls is being added to Messenger by Facebook.The company confirmed in a blog post that the change is going live today, along with better systems for its disappearing messages.Some users may also notice new encryption-related test features.
End-to-end encryption for text messages was added to Facebook Messenger in2016, when the company added a “secret conversation” option to the app.According to Facebook, the feature is being added as interest in voice and video calls grows, with Messenger now receiving more than 150 million video calls per day.
WhatsApp, the Facebook chat app, already supported end-to-end encryption (E2EE), which prevents anyone other than the sender and receiver from viewing the encrypted data.Other video calling apps, such as Zoom, Signal, and Apple’s FaceTime, follow suit.According to Facebook, E2EE is “becoming the industry standard” across messaging services.Earlier rumours suggested that Facebook was planning to launch a unified, end-to-end encrypted messaging system across WhatsApp, Messenger, and Instagram— but this has yet to happen.
A minor update is being made to text conversations.When you set a message to disappear, you’ll see more options for when it expires, ranging from five seconds to 24 hours.(It used to be available in one-minute, 15-minute, one-hour, four-hour, and 24-hour increments.)
While the updates mentioned above will be visible to everyone, Facebook is running a limited beta test of other features.End-to-end encrypted group chats and calls between “friends and family who already have an existing chat thread or are already connected” will be available to some users.Others will be able to use Facebook’s existing non-E2EE controls over who can contact them on Messenger.Finally, if you use Instagram, a “limited test” will allow you to opt-in E2EE for that app’s direct messages as well.