Facebook tests encrypted audio and video conversations in Messenger amid fears that the social media giant might spy on users
- Function for coded audio and video calls found in test phase for Messenger
- This function becomes & # 39; Secrete Conversations & # 39; and is currently available for chat threads
- Users have shared on Twitter, they do not believe that calls will be fully encrypted
Facebook can soon turn on "Secret Calls" for audio and video calls.
An app researcher discovered evidence that the technology giant is testing coded calls in Messenger.
Some say, however, that they will refuse to use the new feature because they do not believe that the social media site will refrain from listening to conversations.
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Facebook can soon & # 39; Secrete Conversations & # 39; for audio and video calls. An app researcher discovered evidence that the technology giant is testing coded calls in Messenger
Facebook rolled out secret calls to Messenger for the first time in 2016, which also includes a timing option for each message thread – allowing users to destroy messages in the same way as messages in Snapchat.
But now it seems that the tech giant will allow users to place encrypted audio and video calls.
Apple has used end-to-end encryption in iMessage for years, and Viber added the feature a few months ago.
The difference with Facebook is that it only encrypts messages when users decide to enable secret conversations manually.
The social media site has been under fire because of years of gathering data about the call and text history of its members and some users do not believe that Facebook will refrain from listening to conversations
The feature has been discovered by Jane Manchun Wong, an app researcher, who is known for finding hidden gems in apps.
Because the feature is still in a test phase, Facebook still needs to confirm its existence and whether and when it will be released.
However, the company's privacy record has not been the best, making some users tired of the encrypted feature.
Twitter user Ricardo Bedoya today shared his opinion about the coded function: "1. Why are these calls not yet encrypted? 2. Do we trust Facebook to actually do this? 3. Saying that the calls are encrypted does not really mean that FB will not yet collect and listen to the data. 4. No thanks! & # 39;
Facebook rolled out secret calls to Messenger for the first time in 2016, which also includes a timing option for each message thread
HOW CAN FACEBOOK PLAN IMPROVE PRIVACY?
In a blog post on March 6, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised to rebuild based on six & # 39; privacy-focused & # 39; principles:
- Private interactions
- Reduce sustainability
- Secure data storage
Zuckerberg promised end-to-end coding for all its messaging services, which are combined in such a way that users can communicate via WhatsApp, Instagram Direct and Facebook Messenger.
He calls this & # 39; interoperability & # 39 ;.
He also said that advancing, the company will not post messages or stories & # 39; longer than necessary & # 39; or & # 39; longer than people want & # 39; to hold.
This may mean, for example, that users have messages deleted automatically after a month or even a few minutes.
& # 39; Interoperability & # 39; ensures that messages remain encrypted, even when jumping from one messaging service, such as WhatsApp, to another, such as Instagram, Zuckerberg says.
Facebook also hopes to increase user confidence in how it stores their data.
Zuckerberg promised the site & # 39; will not store sensitive data in countries with weak human rights data such as privacy and freedom of expression to protect data from incorrect access & # 39 ;.
The idea that the public has lost faith in Facebook may not come as a surprise, since CEO Mark Zukerberg has been in the spotlight in recent months for a few dirty acts.
Cambridge Analytica is said to have worked with Donald Trump on his US presidential campaign by whistleblower Christopher Wylie.
And the Facebook settings at the time showed app developers access to the personal information of 87 million users.
Last August, the social media site revealed that it could use AI algorithms on the device to scan and moderate content in its WhatsApp messaging service to enforce its acceptable speech policy.
If implemented, the app itself scans messages automatically before they are encrypted and sent.
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