Facebook rolls out 'Secret Conversations' feature

Facebook adds end-to-end encryption option to Messenger, functionality is limited.

@seanridgeley
Published Fri, Jul 8 2016 4:33 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Nov 3 2020 11:59 AM CST

Privacy is a perpetual concern with Facebook and Facebook Messenger, but it gets a little less so today as the company rolls out its 'Secret Conversations' feature.

Facebook rolls out 'Secret Conversations' feature | TweakTown.com

Secret Conversations means you can create a conversation with someone that can only be seen by you and on the device of the person you're talking to, as opposed to Facebook or any potential hackers. As well, you can set your messages to disappear within a set amount of time.

As for downsides, you have to take extra action to start such a conversation, you can't view the conversation on multiple devices like you can currently, and fancy features like GIFs, videos, payments aren't supported.

Secret Conversations is available to a small number of people right now, but will roll out to a broader audience at some point this summer.

NEWS SOURCE:whispersystems.org

Sean has a background in journalism, and has been using that to write about gaming and tech since 2008 - first for Neoseeker, then Rage3D, and now, TweakTown. As News Editor, Sean's job is to supply regular stories on the latest happenings in the tech world. He also writes tweak guides to help you get the most out of your PC games and hardware.

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