Facebook has now announced that it is planning on introducing the “end-to-end” encryption feature to its Messenger, which is a standalone app.
The social networking giant has offered its users the option to choose from the improvised Artificial Intelligence (AI) or from added privacy.
According to reports from the Guardian, three important officials who are very close to the project have citied that Facebook has been planning is to introduce an “opt-in” feature to the encrypted communication mode for its Messenger app. So, once this feature is introduced to Facebook Messenger, it means that the conversations and the content will be accessible only by the sender and receiver and will not be available for any third party other than the, including Facebook itself or any government authorities.
Facebook Messenger is not the first application to be having this feature. Earlier this year, Facebook had first introduced the end-to-end encryption feature to WhatsApp for extra privacy and security feature. WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption feature allows only the sender of the messages and the receiver to have access to its content. Nobody else including WhatsApp itself will be able to read any of the conversations sent across when this encryption feature is enabled.
However, reports claim that Facebook will not be making it mandatory and will be providing an “opt-in” option for the Messenger. This is because it will be a middle course agreement for a better artificial learning that has also been planned in the near future. At the developer conference in April this year, Facebook had announced that it plans to introduce new features to its Messenger app, wherein a “bot” will be reading out a news bit from a news source.
The setback of this end-to-end encryption feature is that the users might have to let go of few of the machine-learning aspects of the app. Though this feature assures more privacy, it still has a few drawbacks. One of the main issues is that there is every probability that the new artificial intelligence features and the machine-learning aspects that have been developed for the Facebook Messenger might not function right with the introduction of the end-to-end features to it.
Despite all these news reports, a spokesman representing the company brushed away all the reports as rumors and refused to comment on any speculations or rumors.
Facebook’s move to add this end-to-end encryption feature to its Messenger app may invite a lot of criticism and adverse reactions. Google’s Allo had faced a lot of resentment from the users. After the release of Allo, security experts had reported that Allo had an option for end-to-end encryption which is not enabled by default. Google’s new Allo which is a chat app has an “Incognito mode” feature which has the end-to-end encryption features and strategic notifications.
It seems like almost all the social networking companies are following the footsteps of WhatsApp in bringing the end-to-end encryption features to their apps for extra security and to overcome privacy issues. It first began with WhatsApp, and then Viber introduced it for its users in April this year and now it been rolled out to Facebook Messenger.