Facebook is testing encrypted audio and video calls in Messenger, but some users say ‘no, thanks’
Facebook is testing encrypted audio and video calls in Messenger, but some users are skeptical after platform privacy issues.
- Feature for encrypted audio and video calls found in the test phase for Messenger
- Called ‘Secret Conversations’, the feature is currently available for chat conversations.
- Users have shared on Twitter that they don’t believe calls are fully encrypted
Facebook could soon enable “Secret Conversations” for audio and video calls.
An application researcher discovered evidence that the tech giant is testing encrypted calls in Messenger.
However, some say they will refuse to use the new feature because they don’t believe the social networking site refrains from listening to the conversations.
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Facebook could soon enable “Secret Conversations” for audio and video calls. An application researcher discovered evidence that the tech giant is testing encrypted calls in Messenger
Facebook first launched Secret Conversations to Messenger in 2016, which also includes a time option for each thread of messages, allowing users to self-destruct in a similar way to messages on Snapchat.
But now it seems that the tech giant will allow users to make encrypted audio and video calls.
Apple has used end-to-end encryption in iMessage for years and Viber messages and calls have been encrypted end-to-end since 2016.
The difference with Facebook is that it encrypts messages only when users decide to activate secret conversations manually.
The social networking site has been criticized for collecting years of data on the history of calls and text messages from its members and some users do not believe that Facebook refrains from listening to conversations.
The feature was discovered by Jane Manchun Wong, an application researcher, known for finding hidden gems in applications.
Because the function is still in a test phase, Facebook has not yet confirmed its existence and whether it will be launched or when.
However, the company’s privacy history has not been the best, which leaves some users tired of the encrypted function.
Twitter user Ricardo Bedoya shared his thoughts on the function encrypted today: ‘1. Why are these calls not yet encrypted? 2. Do we trust that Facebook really does this? 3. Saying that the calls are encrypted does not mean that FB will not collect the data and listen to it. 4. No, thanks! “.
Facebook first launched secret conversations to Messenger in 2016, which also includes a time option for each message chain
HOW DOES FACEBOOK PLAN TO IMPROVE PRIVACY?
In a blog post on March 6, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised to rebuild based on six ‘privacy-focused’ principles:
- Private interactions
- Permanence reduction.
- Secure data storage
Zuckerberg promised end-to-end encryption for all its messaging services, which will be combined in a way that allows users to communicate through WhatsApp, Instagram Direct and Facebook Messenger.
This is referred to as “interoperability.”
He also said that in the future, the company will not retain messages or stories for “longer than necessary” or “more than people want.”
This could mean, for example, that users configure messages to be deleted automatically after a month or even a few minutes.
‘Interoperability’ will ensure that messages remain encrypted even when jumping from a messaging service, such as WhatsApp, to another, such as Instagram, says Zuckerberg.
Facebook also hopes to improve user confidence in how it stores its data.
Zuckerberg promised that the site “will not store confidential data in countries with weak human rights records such as privacy and freedom of expression to protect data from improper access.”
The idea that the public has lost faith on Facebook may not come as a surprise, since in recent months, CEO Mark Zukerberg has been in the spotlight for some dirty actions.
Cambridge Analytica is said to have worked with Donald Trump on his US presidential campaign led by whistleblower Christopher Wylie.
And the Facebook configuration at that time allowed application developers to access the personal data of 87 million users.
Last August, the social networking site revealed that it could start using artificial intelligence algorithms on the device to scan and moderate content on its WhatsApp messaging service to enforce its acceptable voice policy.
If implemented, the application itself will automatically scan messages before they are encrypted and sent.