Facebook has reportedly rolled out end-to-end encryption for its Messenger users.
After the popular mobile messaging platform WhatsApp got the end to end encryption for messages its parent company Facebook has reportedly rolled out the same for its Messenger users.
People can toggle the "Secret Conversations" feature on in settings to enable end-to-end encryption on Messenger, technology website Engadget reported on Wednesday.
But here is the catch. Unlike WhatsApp, where all messages are automatically encrypted once you turn the feature on, nearly one billion monthly active Messenger users will have to activate end-to-end encryption for every new message.
"Once folks download the new version, they'll see the option to tap "secret" in the top right corner of the "new message" screen. Both sender and receiver need the latest edition of the app to enable the encryption," the report added.
In the case of WhatsApp, users need to have an updated version to ensure that their chats are end-to-end encrypted.
"Messages you send to this chat and calls are now secured with end-to-end encryption. Tap for more info," is the message that WhatsApp users currently receive.
The encryption ensures that users' messages, videos and photos can't be read by anyone else -- not even WhatsApp.
Although the move is a big thumb up if you are a regular video creator on Facebook, it is surely annoying for a normal user.
Facebook, while acquiring WhatsApp, revealed that it will be not possible for the company to match the user accounts of both the companies.
Just recently, Facebook introduced new 3D masks and special effects in its Messenger Camera in yet another attempt to take over Snapchat.
The new additions join the thousands of stickers, frames, masks and other effects to spice up your plain text messages.
The update is being rolled out in 30 countries with other countries to join in soon.
The company is said to be working with carriers, internet service providers, and local entrepreneurs to help expand connectivity to underserved locations around the world.
Facebook was recently accused of putting up fake news which led to influential consequenced across the globe.
With Facebook Gameroom, the social media giant has reached out to developers by making it easier to bring high-quality games to the PC.
Earlier this month, Facebook rolled out a new feature called Messenger Day that tries to clone Snapchat's "Stories" feature.
Messenger is also adding a feature that will let users receive notifications about PayPal transactions.