The largest social network Facebook has begun testing a new feature called Secret Conversations. This new feature will encrypt messages end-to-end. This means that a message send through such a channel can only be read by the intended recipient and only on one device. Nobody else will be able to gain access to such message. To further the security measures, users will be able to set a message self-destruct timer.
“To be clear, your existing “regular” messages and calls on Messenger already benefit from strong security systems as Messenger uses secure communications channels — just like banking services — all around. But we’re rolling out this additional capability as an option for the most sensitive conversations you might need to have,” said Facebook Messenger’s David Marcus.
The new feature will be introduced as an optional setting for highly sensitive messages, for instance sharing Social Security Numbers, asking for medical advice or other confidential information over the platform, according to Facebook.
Secret conversations are currently available only for a small number of users. “We’re looking forward to getting feedback before we make this feature more broadly available this summer,” said Marcus.