In the context of a protracted pandemic, online communication began to take up more and more place in people’s lives. The security of this communication has become one of the cornerstones for many people-to-people communication companies. It would seem that Facebook should be the flagship of this movement, given the company’s user base, but now the largest social network is only catching up with its competitors.
Facebook announced Friday that end-to-end encryption of voice and video calls made in the Messenger app is effective immediately. There is only one caveat: you must choose to activate encryption, which means your calls will theoretically be vulnerable to data interception if you do not use this new feature.
For those unfamiliar with the digital privacy debate, gg is committed to making it clear that end-to-end encryption is a type of security that ensures that only the sender and recipient of a message can see it.
Facebook takes the same approach to Messenger text chats, labeling them as “Secret Conversations” in the app and making them as confusing to activate as possible. Since encryption is not turned on by default, many Messenger chats are probably less secure than they could be. This is also likely to threaten voice and video calls.
In addition, encrypted conversations get enhanced message disappearance options. Messenger has been allowing users to customize messages to disappear at 1 hour or 24 hour intervals for some time now. This range has now been extended to a minimum of 5 seconds.