Facebook Messenger Acquires Encrypted WhatsApp-like Chat

Online privacy and protection of sensitive content is within the fore on social media, particularly within the wake of the livestreamed shooting of Philando Castile last week. Utilizing Facebook Live video streaming service, Castile’s girlfriend broadcast his ordeal once he was shot by police.

Facebook has since revealed a press release, suggesting that if a happening just like stated above was streamed using its service “to raise awareness or locate the shooter,” it would allow it”.

The video also raised issues about communicating to others over social media with
sensitive information. On that note, Facebook just a few hours after its statement announced new measures to beef up its Facebook Messenger platform, adding end-to-end encryption with Snapchat-like disappearing messages.
“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,” the company announced late last week, suggesting that some topics warrant “additional safeguards” on its platform.

“Within a secret conversation, you can also choose to set a timer to control the length of time each message you send remains visible within the conversation.”

Notably, it’s the same encryption tech used by WhatsApp developed by Open Whisper Systems.

Facebook notes that the optional encryption feature is currently trialing on a “limited test basis right now” but should roll out within the next few months.

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