End-to-end encryption for Facebook Messenger has been announced by Meta, the parent company of Facebook, as a security and privacy improvement. Additionally, the firm has added a number of new features, including link previews, custom emoji, themes, and more.
The newest update was revealed by Mark Zuckerberg. He said, “Launching more features for end-to-end encrypted chats for Messenger today – link previews, custom emojis, themes, etc. We’re ramping up testing default end-to-end encryption for more people in Messenger too.”
The testing of Facebook Messenger’s default end-to-end encryption has begun at Meta and is being gradually expanded. More users will gradually begin to notice over the coming months that some of their chats now offer an additional layer of security thanks to end-to-end encryption.
“We will notify people in these individual chat threads as they are upgraded. We know people will have questions about how we select and upgrade individual threads, so we wanted to make clear that this is a random process. It’s designed to be random so that there isn’t a negative impact on our infrastructure and people’s chat experience. This also ensures our new end-to-end encrypted threads continue to give people the fast, reliable and rich experience on Messenger,” the company added.
Additionally, Meta has updated Facebook Messenger with a new set of features.
Group profile photos: When chatting with friends or coworkers, pick a group profile picture.
Chat themes: To help you personalise and improve your conversations in end-to-end encrypted chats, Messenger has included chat themes. For end-to-end encrypted chats, you may now specify themes, including static colour and gradient themes.
Custom chat emojis and reactions: To make your response more personalised In end-to-end encrypted chats, you can access the complete selection of emoji reactions and personalise the quick reaction tray.
Link previews: Links in end-to-end encrypted chats now contain link previews, allowing you to see where they will take you before clicking on them.
Active Status: Let people know when you’re online so they can decide when to call. If you wish to increase your privacy, you can also decide to disable this option.
Bubbles on Android: While using other apps, you can read and react to messages using bubbles (a circle with your friend’s photo in it). When activated, a bubble will show up whenever a new message arrives.
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