US law enforcement may have inadvertently done the tech industry a favor by fighting Apple so hard on iOS data protection, arousing the consumers’ interest in encryption at previously unprecedented levels.
This offered companies like Google and Facebook, in addition to the iPhone makers, great leeway in their efforts to enhance mobile security, and Mark Zuckerberg’s social media giant in particular deserves praise, first for bringing WhatsApp up to Signal standards, and today initiating Messenger’s own “Secret Conversations” rollout.
For now, only a tiny fraction of the IM platform’s huge 900 million monthly active user count can test out end-to-end encryption on a phone, tablet or desktop computer. That’s a device at a time, mind you, part of what makes the Secret Conversations feature so practical and safe being that it lets you read encoded exchanges on just one screen.
You can even set a timer to delete sensitive information within a conversation, if for instance you happen to send financial data to your accountant… on Facebook, for some reason. Snark aside, we must admit we’re excited for the “limited test” to uneventfully wrap up, then the “option” to spread to the masses, despite lacking GIF and video support, and requiring you enable it to actually use it down the line.
Source: Facebook Newsroom