About the New Feature
Facebook has completed rolling out the feature of ‘Secret Conversation’ in Messenger. This basically ensures that only the two people who are involved in the chat can see the text being sent and received.
So, this takes away the right from Facebook or the government to have any access to the conversation as it will be kept in a secret mode.
Currently, Facebook has over 1 billion users on Messenger. Similar to what is being done on WhatsApp, Viber and Line even Facebook is now using end-to-end encryption feature.
How to Enable This Feature?
Not only this, Facebook has added a feature which allows the user to safeguard a message by allowing it to expire within a time period of 5 seconds or up to a day.
In order to turn on this feature on your device, you need to install the Messenger App. However, the messages will be kept in a secret mode only if both the users have the updated versions.
The Company said:
“We’ve heard from you that there are times when you want additional safeguards — perhaps when discussing private information like an illness or a health issue with trusted friends and family, or sending financial information to an accountant.”
Scope of This Feature
This new layer of security by Facebook Messenger has to be manually enabled for every conversation instead of being switched by default as it was enabled in WhatsApp. Firstly, Facebook announced this security mechanism and it was being tested by beta users in July. The Allo messenger launched by Google includes this encryption option.
The opt-in feature enables the user to use this encryption mode and it displays the following message:
“Your messages are already secure, but Secret Conversations are encrypted from one device to another,” states a description in the app when users initiate their first encrypted conversation.
Go on! Try this new feature!