Facebook Messenger's opt-in end-to-end (E2E) encrypted chats feature, often known as 'Secret Chat,' is getting new improvements. On Messenger, only Secret Chats are E2E encrypted, which means they can't be viewed by anybody else, even Facebook. WhatsApp, which is owned by Meta, offers E2E encryption as well.
The new feature will enhance the E2E encrypted conversation experience. First, E2E encryption is now available for all group chats, including video and phone calls, in Messenger. The feature was previously only available to a small group of people in beta. Everyone will now be able to use it.
When someone takes a screenshot of a disappearing message given in a Secret Chat, Messenger will receive a new notification. "We believe it's important that you feel safe using encrypted chats, so we'd like to keep you updated if someone takes screenshots of your disappeared messages," the company wrote in a blog post.
"We believe it's important that you feel safe using encrypted chats, so we'd like to keep you updated if someone takes screenshots of your disappeared messages," the company wrote in a blog post.
In addition, GIFs and Stickers are now available in end-to-end encrypted chats for a more feature-rich chat experience. The E2E chats are also receiving feedback. Tap and hold on to a message to bring up the responses tray, where you can choose your reaction: They can also "heart" a message by double-tapping it.
In these chats, users will also be able to reply to specific messages. This can be done by either long-pressing or swiping to reply. Users will also be able to swipe on the message to reply.
For encrypted 1:1 and group chats, Facebook Messenger will also feature a typing indicator.
Users will also be able to forward a message by long-pressing it and seeing a forwarding option appear.
A share sheet will also appear when someone touches the 'forward' button, allowing users to share with one or many persons or groups. Before forwarding a message, users will be able to create a new group.
Facebook will also roll out verified badges for end-to-end encrypted chats, making it easier for users to identify genuine accounts and engage in meaningful conversations.
Users will now be able to save a video or image by long-pressing on any media they receive. And also have the option of editing videos or photos when sending them in these chats.