In a new blog post published this week, Facebook unveiled some additional features for Messenger. We learn in particular that it is now possible to opt for end-to-end encrypted calls, whether they are oral conversations or visios. Several competing apps already offer this service, such as Telegram or Signal, which are also favored by many for their confidentiality guarantees.
The publisher also recalls that the messages exchanged on its platform are already encrypted in this way, and this since 2016. But with “over 150 million audio and video calls every day“, It was high time to also get up to date on their side. Objective stated: better protection against potential hacks, even if of course no one is really safe from a targeted hack in due form (Hello GrayShift & cie).
The other change announced by Parlo Alto concerns content sent to someone that can self-destruct. It is now possible to choose the automatic deletion time from a range of five seconds to twenty-four hours. It is not known exactly when these benefits will be rolled out, however no update appears to be forthcoming for Messenger on the Mac App Store.
On the iPhone side, however, version 325.1 of the application released on Wednesday 11 August mentions “fixes for bugs” as well as “performance improvements to eliminate latency“. As for the version for Android of the service, its most recent edition dates from this Thursday according to the Google Play Store. It is therefore possible that the French will still have to wait a few hours or days to take advantage of the changes presented by Facebook.
Groups and Instagram too
In the coming weeks, Messenger will also welcome end-to-end encryption for its groups. The functionality will be retroactive, and will therefore also concern multi-party conversations already created before.
Finally, it is the Instagram social network which is entitled to a similar modification: this time, its DMs will be protected in the same way. First, with a test limited to adult users from a few countries, the list of which has not yet been specified by the developer. For exemple, Facebook Dating was first put online in Canada and Thailand before finally turning the test to Europe.
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