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Facebook Messenger adds end-to-end encryption to voice and video calls

Published Aug 13th, 2021 7:30PM EDT
Facebook Messenger Encryption
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Facebook Messenger is one of the most popular messaging apps on the market. On Friday, Facebook made Messenger even more secure with the introduction of end-to-end encryption for voice and video calls. As noted in a blog post, Facebook has offered end-to-end encryption for text chats since 2016. You can now secure your audio and video calls using the same technology. But as with encryption for text conversations, this feature is entirely optional.

Encryption comes to Facebook Messenger video calls

If you do decide to turn on E2EE, the content of your calls on Facebook Messenger will be “protected from the moment it leaves your device to the moment it reaches the receiver’s device.” No one else can see or hear anything that you send or receive — not even Facebook itself.

E2EE for voice and video calls is the highlight of the blog post, but it’s not the only announcement. Facebook is also updating the expiring message feature for end-to-end encrypted chats. Ever since Facebook introduced the feature, there’s been a timer to let users decide when their messages will expire. Facebook has now updated the timer with more options, from 5 seconds to 24 hours.

There are also a few new features set to roll out on Messengers in the coming weeks.

More encryption features coming to Facebook apps

Soon, Facebook will begin testing end-to-end encryption for group chats as well as group voice and video calls. This will also include a test for delivery controls to work with end-to-end encrypted chats. This will make it possible to prevent unwanted interactions by deciding who is on your list of chats, who gets sent to the requests folder, and who is blocked from messaging you.

Finally, Facebook is going to test end-to-end encrypted messages and calls for Instagram DMs. This limited test will allow adults in certain countries to opt in for E2EE messages and calls. As in Facebook Messenger, you need to have an existing message with someone or be following each other to initiate an E2EE chat. And even with E2EE enabled, you will still be able to block people that you don’t want to talk to and report users if they are breaking the rules or making you uncomfortable.

You can visit this page to learn about Facebook’s plans for end-to-end encryption across its app.

Jacob Siegal
Jacob Siegal Associate Editor

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.