Facebook Messenger’s voice, video calls get end-to-end encryption

Facebook also said that it plans on testing end-to-end encryption for group chats, including voice and video calls.

August 16, 2021 12:50 pm | Updated 01:07 pm IST

Facebook Messenger’s voice, video calls get end-to-end encryption. | Picture by special arrangement.

Facebook Messenger’s voice, video calls get end-to-end encryption. | Picture by special arrangement.

Facebook has introduced end-to-end encryption for Messenger voice and video calls, improving the security and privacy on its messaging platform.

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The encryption feature, which is already available to users for one-on-one text chats on Messenger , will now offer an extra layer of protection when users make audio and video calls.

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“In the past year, we’ve seen a surge in the use of audio and video calling with more than 150 million video calls a day on Messenger,” the social network said in a blog post.

In addition, Facebook said that it plans on testing end-to-end encryption for group chats, including voice and video calls.

The tech giant also intends to start a limited test with adults in certain countries that will let them opt-in to end-to-end encrypted messages and calls for one-on-one conversations on Instagram, it noted.

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Furthermore, the company has updated the expiring message feature giving users more options in the chat. It now allows them to set the time between 5 seconds to 24 hours for disappearing messages.

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