Facebook Messenger’s end-to-encrypted (E2EE) chats will soon be updated with several features and improvements, including personalized chat themes, custom chat emoji and responses, group profile photos, the company said. End-to-end encrypted chats add an extra layer of security to a chat’s content and calls, protecting them from third parties, including ISPs and Facebook. While Facebook has provided E2EE chat support for years, the company is expanding the ability to encrypt chats by default to more Messenger users ahead of a wider rollout expected in the coming months.
According to Meta’s announcement, features such as personalized chat themes, custom chat emojis and reactions, group profile photos, link previews, active status, and Chat Bubbles on Android are rolling out for Messenger’s E2EE chats. The social media platform has shared that it has begun testing end-to-end encrypted chats on Messenger worldwide.
The standard end-to-end encryption is expected to roll out to Messenger users globally in the coming months. The tech giant said users will see some of their chats end-to-end encrypted by default. It also added that Messenger users will be notified of E2EE support in individual chat threads.
Meta’s WhatsApp already offers E2EE compliant chats by default. Meanwhile, like Messenger, Instagram lets users choose E2EE for individual conversations. Users on Instagram can choose which chats they want end-to-end encrypted.
End-to-end encryption adds an extra layer of security to chat content. These conversations are only accessible to the sender and recipient, and no third party, not even Facebook itself, can access the messages sent by users.
However, the sender or recipient of an end-to-end encrypted message or conversation can always share it with someone else outside of the conversation. In addition to chat messages, images, videos and other attachments on an E2EE chat are also secured and accessible only to the chat participants, the company said.