Facebook's Latest Messenger Update Is Going To Make A Lot Of People Paranoid

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Sneaking on your partners phone to check out their messages is never, ever a good idea. 

If you don’t find anything you end up feeling like a dirty rat for having had an ounce of doubt in them, and if you do, you have to admit that you’ve snooped on them in the first place.

But relationships aside, it’s pretty creepy to think that outside of the realms of your nosy life partner other people are reading your messages too. If this hasn’t dawned on you before then wake up and smell the internet, baby. Despite recent work to up the security and encrypt messaging services like WhatsApp, Facebook messenger can still be accessed by Facebook employees, the government and the police.

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But their new update “secret conversations”, which will be rolled out this summer, will feature end-to-end encryption meaning that only the sender and receiver will be able to read the messages, meaning Facebook and law enforcement will no longer have any access.

On their newsroom site, the company wrote:

“Today we are beginning to roll out a new option within Messenger to better support conversations about sensitive topics… [We are testing] the ability to create one-to-one secret conversations in Messenger that will be end-to-end encrypted and which can only be read on one device of the person you’re communicating with. That means the messages are intended just for you and the other person — not anyone else, including us.

You’ll have to opt into it however, and if you choose to use it you can no longer send pictures or videos. Oh, and you can only choose to use it from one device e.g. phone or laptop.

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As well as that you can also activate a ‘self-destruct’ timer on certain messages, making them disappear forever from the app… hmm, something tells me I’m going to be writing a news story about this in a couple of months time.

Do you think this is a good idea? Let us know in the comments. 

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