Facebook Messenger Starts Testing End-to-End Encryption
July 26, 2016
Seid Yassin (557 articles)

Facebook Messenger Starts Testing End-to-End Encryption

Facebook is planning to use end-to-end encryption for its Messenger app and has begun rolling out the feature.

Facebook has called the new feature ‘Secret Conversations’ and will allow Messenger users to exchange messages that no one will be able to eavesdrop.

Facebook is testing the feature, the social network giant has enabled it only to a small number of users and is planning to extend the feature to all its users later this summer or in early fall.

“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. That means the messages are intended just for you and the other person — not anyone else, including us. 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. Our technology uses the Signal Protocol developed by Open Whisper Systems. You can read more about the technical details here.” reads the announcement published by Facebook.

The Facebook Messenger Secret Conversations will implement the Signal Protocol, which is the same used by WhatsApp, Google in Allo’s Incognito Mode, and Signal’s standalone app.

Source | securityaffairs.co