Facebook rolls out chat encryption feature in Messenger


After the popular mobile messaging platform WhatsApp, parent company Facebook has reportedly rolled out end-to-end encryption for its Messenger users.

People can toggle the “Secret Conversations” feature on in settings to enable end-to-end encryption on Messenger, technology website Engadget reported on Wednesday.

But here is the catch. Unlike WhatsApp, where all messages are automatically encrypted once you turn the feature on, nearly one billion monthly active Messenger users will have to activate end-to-end encryption for every new message.

“Once folks download the new version, they’ll see the option to tap “secret” in the top right corner of the “new message” screen. Both sender and receiver need the latest edition of the app to enable the encryption,” the report added.

In the case of WhatsApp, users need to have an updated version to ensure that their chats are end-to-end encrypted.

“Messages you send to this chat and calls are now secured with end-to-end encryption. Tap for more info,” is the message that WhatsApp users currently receive.

The encryption ensures that users’ messages, videos and photos can’t be read by anyone else — not even WhatsApp.

In a big policy shift on privacy and data use WhatsApp this week announced that it will share some of the user data — mobile numbers, usage patterns etc — with its parent company Facebook so that it can show relevant ads to people. The company claims that the user can opt out of the update. However, as we had earlier reported  it is nearly impossible because even though you opt out Facebook will still receive and use this information for other purposes like fighting spam infringement activities. In short yes or no, WhatsApp will share your phone number with Facebook.

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