- With almost a billion regular users, Facebook Messenger continues to roll out new features and innovation
- Secret Conversations, an end-to-end encryption feature is set to roll out on Messenger allowing users to discuss sensitive topic with utmost protection
- The feature was criticized for potentially allowing criminals employ secret operations
A new feature that allows private conversations that can only be viewed by sender and recipient will be rolled out by technology giant Facebook.
Known as “secret conversations”, Facebook announced that this feature aims to strengthen security and protection of users.
Facebook’s Vice President David Marcus said in a Facebook post, "Providing more ways for people to safely share is an important part of making the world more open and connected.”
Marcus added: "Whether you're asking a doctor for medical advice, sending sensitive account information to your spouse, or even your Social Security number, it's important to have options available for sharing these kinds of very sensitive messages."
The new encryption was already rolled out on Facebook owned WhatsApp, a messaging application, and other tech giants, Google and Apple are starting to do the same.
The move however was criticized by some law enforcement agencies. They said that this feature would allow secret operations by criminals.
Facebook said that this will be an optional feature, because encrypted messages can only be viewed on one device. Thus, people can’t switch devices and still enjoy the new feature.
They also announce that its availability at the moment is limited because they’re still testing it, “during this test, we will gather feedback about the functionality, measure performance and introduce tools to enable you to report objectionable content to us,” Facebook wrote in a statement.
Facebook Messenger started in 2011, and has already gained 900 million patrons today. With this new security feature, Facebook aims to expand their international market and eventually compete with other messaging app giants like WeChat, Line, and Kakao Talk dominating the Asian market.
Marcus wanted to “keep the momentum (for Messenger) going”. “To make Messenger your preferred and primary communication platform, we have to build capabilities different from anyone else,” he said.