Facebook Messenger adds new features for Secret Chats; brings E2E encryption for calls

Key Specifications:

  • Facebook Messenger is getting End-to-End Encryption.
  • Users can also react to messages in Secret Conversations using emoji
  • The app is also adding a screenshot warning feature for disappearing messages.
Meta announces that it is rolling out End-to-End Encryption (E2EE) for group chats and calls on Facebook Messenger. This feature is also known as ‘Secret Chat’. Only Secret Chats are E2E encrypted on Messenger, meaning they cannot be read by any other third-party, including Facebook.

However, in order to access this feature, you need to turn on E2EE for your private chats. Facebook Messenger is getting new updates for its opt-in end-to-end (E2E)  chats feature.

Facebook Messenger is also getting a screenshot warning feature

The company reveals that it is going to bring Facebook Messenger’s opt-in end-to-end encrypted chats. The app is also getting a screenshot warning feature. Messenger will also get a new notification when someone takes a screenshot of a disappearing message sent in a Secret Chat.

Further, GIFs and Stickers are now available for a more feature-rich chat experience in end-to-end encrypted chats. Reactions are also rolling out to the E2E chats. A user can tap and hold on to a message to bring up the reactions tray to make your choice of reaction. They can also double-tap a message to “heart” it.

Further, users will be able to forward a message by long-pressing and seeing an option for the same. Also when someone taps the ‘forward’ button, it will display a share sheet. So users can share with one or many people or groups. Users will also be able to create a new group before forwarding a message.

Users will also be able to reply to specific messages in these chats. For this, you need to either long-press or swipe to reply. Users will also be able to swipe on the message to reply.

Verified badges will also be visible for E2EE chats, which will help people identify authentic accounts while chatting. The messaging app will also add an easy option to save media. For this, users have to long-press on any media.

When sending a photo or video from your gallery, people will also have the option to edit it before sending it. For editing, the app will offer stickers, scribbling or adding text, cropping, and an audio editing tool, for videos.

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