Facebook tests encrypted audio and video calls in Messenger amid fears the social media giant might spy on them
- Function for encrypted audio and video calls found in test phase for Messenger
- Called "Secret Chats", the feature is currently available for chat topics
- Users shared on Twitter that they do not believe the calls will be fully encrypted
Facebook could soon allow "secret conversations" for audio and video calls.
An app researcher has found evidence that the tech giant is testing encrypted calls in Messenger.
However, some say they will refuse to use the new feature because they do not believe the social media site will refrain from listening to conversations.
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Facebook could soon allow "secret conversations" for audio and video calls. Application researcher finds evidence that tech giant is testing encrypted calls in Messenger
Facebook first unveiled Secret Chat with Messenger in 2016, which also includes a timing option for each message thread – allowing users' messages to self-destruct similarly to messages on Snapchat.
But now it looks like the tech giant will allow users to set up encrypted audio and video calls.
Apple has been using end-to-end encryption in iMessage for years, and Webber added the feature a few months ago.
The difference with Facebook is that it only encrypts messages when users decide to include secret conversations manually.
The social media site is under fire for years collecting call data and text history from its members, and some users do not believe Facebook will refrain from listening to conversations
The function is detected by Janeine Manchun Wong, an application researcher known for finding hidden gems in applications.
Since the feature is still in the testing phase, Facebook has yet to confirm its existence and whether or when it will be released.
However, the firm's privacy record was not the best, leaving some users tired of the encrypted feature.
Twitter user Ricardo Bodoja today shared his thoughts on the encrypted feature: 1 '. Why are these calls no longer encrypted? 2. Do we trust Facebook to really do that? 3. To say that calls are encrypted does not mean that FB will not collect and listen to data. 4. No thanks! ”.
Facebook first unveiled Secret Chat with Messenger in 2016, which also includes a timing option for each message thread
HOW ARE THE PRIVACY PLANS PLANNED?
In a blog post on March 6, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg promised to build on six "privacy-focused" principles:
- Private interactions
- Reduce constancy
- Secure data storage
Zuckerberg has pledged end-to-end encryption for all of its messaging services, which will be combined to allow users to communicate through WhatsApp, Instagram Direct and Facebook Messenger.
This he calls "interoperability".
He also said that as the company progresses, it will not stick to messages or stories about "longer than needed" or "longer than people want".
This may mean, for example, that users post messages for automatic deletion after one month or even minutes.
Interoperability will ensure that messages stay encrypted even when they jump from one message service, such as WhatsApp to another, like Instagram, Zuckerberg says.
Facebook also hopes to improve users' confidence in how they store their data.
Zuckerberg has pledged that the site "will not store sensitive data in countries with poor human rights records such as privacy and freedom of expression in order to protect data from inappropriate access".
The idea that the public has lost faith in Facebook may not come as a surprise, as CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been in the spotlight for several dirty acts in recent months.
Cambridge Analytica is said to have collaborated with Donald Trump on his US presidential campaign led by Chief Christopher Willie.
And Facebook settings at the time allowed app developers to access the personal data of 87 million users.
Last August, the social media site revealed that it could start using scanning and moderate content AI algorithms in its WhatsApp messaging service to enforce its affordable speech policy.
If implemented, the application itself will automatically scan messages before they are encrypted and sent.