Facebook has announced the release of hidden Messenger calls and voice video five years after making it available in individual text conversations.
End-to-end encryption (E2EE) using popular communication and collaboration platforms, including Zoom, Microsoft Groups (1: 1 VoIP calls), and Facebook WhatsApp.
E2EE protects text, video, and voice channels to protect users’ conversations from eye scratching, including platform owners or malicious actors who want to capture their conversations.
“The content of your messages and calls in encrypted end-to-end conversations is protected from where it left your phone until it reaches the recipient’s device,” said Ruth Kricheli, Messenger’s Director of Product Management.
“This means that no one else, including Facebook, can see or listen to the post or comment. Stay tuned, you can report the message to the end if something goes wrong.”
This change comes after Messenger users made more than 150 million video calls a day last year, with both audio and video calls seeing significant increases.
Messenger’s expired message feature has also been updated with today’s release to allow users to decide for themselves when they want their messages to disappear from chat.
Lost Messages Editing now offers many options, allowing users to select a time before all new messages disappear, customized from 5 seconds to 24 hours.
Facebook is also launching hidden end-to-end Messenger conversations in the coming weeks to provide users with advanced privacy and security in their conversations.
The limited end-to-end encryption test for Instagram DM (messages and calls) is scheduled to start in selected countries.
“Like the way Messenger works today, you have to have an existing conversation or sequence to start a DM nailed end,” Kricheli said.
“As usual, you can block someone you don’t want to talk to or tell us something if it doesn’t seem right.”
Harbinger of the good things to come?
While these changes are a step in the right direction for Messenger, Facebook has had to deal with a number of privacy issues that affect the security and privacy of its users.
The change of mind came after the Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (HmbBfDI) banned Facebook in May from using WhatsApp user data for three months.
In April, 533 million users also had details of their accounts (including phone numbers and Facebook IDs) leaked to the hijackers’ forum.
Facebook later claimed the leak was due to the mass deletion of profiles using a hacker on Facebook’s Importer Importer on Facebook in September 2019.