Facebook is bringing end-to-end encryption to Messenger calls2021-08-13 16:52 by Daniela
Tags: Facebook, Messenger
Facebook is rolling out a host of features for Messenger users who switch on end-to-end encryption (E2EE). You can now call Messenger contacts using voice or video with E2EE enabled, just like in WhatsApp.
End-to-end encryption (E2EE) - a security feature that prevents third-parties from eavesdropping on calls and chats - has been available for text conversations on Facebook's flagship messaging service since 2016. Although the company has faced pressure from governments to roll back its end-to-end encryption plans, Facebook is now extending this protection to both voice and video calls on Messenger, which means that "nobody else, including Facebook, can see or listen to wha's sent or said."
"You can make an audio or video call end-to-end encrypted by opting-in to one of our end-to-end encrypted chat threads," a company spokesperson said. "You'll need to be in one of those threads first and then you can make a call that will be end-to-end encrypted."
The company's goal is to eventually make end-to-end encryption the default standard across WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, and Instagram. But it doesn't expect to complete the project until some time next year at the earliest.
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