Facebook might include end-to-end encryption to its Messenger platform according to a report. This, as suspected is as a result of the recent growing trends towards security and how technology companies are working towards secure messaging. If end-to-end encryption is established, not even Facebook or the authorities can see the contents of the message you send to another individual on it’s Messenger app.
Messaging platforms such as Apple’s iMessage already have encryption on by default, Facebook’s own WhatsApp also features end-to-end encryption, but unlike these apps, Facebook’s encryption doesn’t seem to be turned on all the time, according to reports the security feature will be opt-in, this means that the social media firm, might add both an encrypted mode that keeps messages secure but can be read by the company, and an end-to-end one, that can be switched on and gives extra privacy but without some features.
Since end-to-end encryption uses technology to ensure that messages can only be read by the person sending and receiving the message, users will feel relieved, using a messaging app that is end-to-end encrypted, especially at this time where the public have become worried about mass surveillance by governments, as well as other hackers prying into their devices.
But if Facebook intends to weaken this feature so that they can view messages and other data in its Messaging app, then it also weakens the protection if offers within its messaging platform.
Facebook is an online social networking service headquartered in Menlo Park, California, in the United States. Its website was launched on February 4, 2004, by Mark Zuckerberg with his Harvard College roommates and fellow students Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes. The founders had initially limited the website’s membership to Harvard students, but later expanded it to colleges in the Boston area, the Ivy League, and Stanford University. It gradually added support for students at various other universities and later to high-school students. Its name comes from the face book directories often given to American university students.
Facebook Messenger is an instant messaging service and software application which provides text and voice communication. Integrated with Facebook’s web-based Chat feature, Messenger lets Facebook users chat with friends both on mobile and on the main website.