Meta rolls out default end-to-end encryption on Messenger, Facebook

Meta has announced that the immediate availability of end-to-end encryption for all chats and calls made through the Messenger app, as well as the Facebook social media platform.

E2EE has been available in the Messenger app as an optional feature called “Secret Conversations” since 2016 but Meta says it now enables it by default for all users as an additional layer of security.

“The extra layer of security provided by end-to-end encryption means that the content of your messages and calls with friends and family are protected from the moment they leave your device to the moment they reach the receiver’s device” – Meta.

In a separate post with additional details about the underlying technology of the implemented E2EE mechanism, Meta explains that communications and media exchanged through Messenger will be stored in encrypted form on Meta’s servers to maintain availability across all user devices.

Finally, Meta says E2EE in group messaging on the Messenger app is currently being tested and is scheduled for future releases.

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