Facebook Take the Next Step: A Test to Encrypt Messenger in Early Phases

After facing a lot of criticism by peers and users, Facebook is taking baby steps to increase data privacy on the platform. For Facebook, this also involves securing the conversation between people along with the communication transfer through audio and video calls.

Currently, this feature is only available on WhatsApp by default where the chats and audio calls between the users are encrypted.

In March, Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook is trying to encrypt the messaging service on the platform through a Secret Mode. Jane Manchun Wong, a reverse engineering guru reported that Facebook is trying to introduce encryption through Secret Mode. However, the encryption is only available on the Secret Mode and not in the normal mode.

Although the secret conversation mode is available and provides encrypted messaging but not call service as yet.

Messenger calls are expected to be encrypted in a limited way and therefore, a lot of people might not be able to use it as this platform is far from secure communication.

Currently, this feature is only in its testing phase and there is no news on its global release. We will definitely keep you posted with any new information on this test by Facebook!

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