Social network Facebook announced that it was beginning to test encrypted messages in your messenger Facebook Messenger. Friday the app will start a “limited” testing a new feature — “secret conversations”, which will be protected by the method of “endpoint encryption” that is only available to a specific user on a specific device, the report said the social network.
In “secret talks” will also be able to set a timer that will determine the time within which a sent message will be displayed to the recipient, after which it will self-destruct.
Correspondence and voice calls in Messenger now seriously protected, the report says, however, there are situations where users want more protection for their communications — for example, when discussing health information or forward financial information to the accountant, so the user Facebook considers it necessary to introduce new functions.
Encryption messenger will be optional — the user himself can decide whether he wants to correspond through chat or through additional protected because access to the correspondence in the “secret talk” you can’t get from all devices where you sign in with Facebook Messenger, but only on one device, on which it was started. The user of the social network also emphasizes that while in “secret conversations” is not available transfer the “heavy” content such as videos, GIF animations or transactions for payment of something (a function not available in Russia).
Facebook Messenger is one of the most popular messengers in the world in the size of the audience — in April the founder of social network mark Zuckerberg said that its average monthly audience of 900 million users. Owned by Facebook the WhatsApp messenger, which audience exceeds 1 billion people, in April introduced a terminal message encryption and voice calls to all its users.
In Russia on the eve of President Vladimir Putin signed the “anti-terrorism package” of laws, which among other things, requires instant messengers, social networks and other Internet services, through which users exchange messages, transfer of the FSB, “the information required to decode messages. Otherwise, they face fines of up to 1 million rubles.