Facebook is currently testing end-to-end encryption in Facebook Messenger for a small subset of users. End-to-end encryption, which is already enabled in WhatsApp, owned by Facebook, allows users to send and receive text messages without fears of prying eyes.
End-to-end encryption has become more important in recent years as end-users worry about hackers or, in some cases, even governments breaking into their chat messages. There are two sides to the story, of course. Federal investigators don’t appreciate the extra layer of security when they need to access chat logs that may prove a criminal’s guilt, for example.
But for end users like you and I, not criminals, the extra privacy padding is a must-have in the modern age. It’s particularly important as Facebook Messenger gains new features, too, like financial transactions between users.
“We’ve heard from you that there are times when you want additional safeguards,” Facebook said, according to The Verge, noting that it hopes to roll out end-to-end encryption to all of its users sometime later this summer.