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Facebook starts testing “Secret Conversations” encryption for Messenger

by Jacob Kleinman | August 1, 2016August 1, 2016 5:30 pm PST

Earlier this month, Facebook announced plans to offer end-to-end encryption in Messenger by the end of the summer. Now the company is starting to roll out the new feature, called Secret Conversations, to some people.

Android Police received several screenshots of the new feature, though it doesn’t seem to actually work yet. It’s also unclear if Facebook is only releasing Secret Conversations to beta testers at this point or offering it to some regular users as an A/B test.

Setting up encryption in Messenger looks pretty easy, though it’s not on by default. You can turn on Secret Conversations for a specific person and then those messages will be encrypted. You can also quickly delete all your encrypted messages with a single tap.

We still don’t know all the specific details for Secret Conversations. Facebook previously said that turning on encryption would switch off some of the more advanced Messenger features that rely on artificial intelligence, which means you likely won’t be able to chat with bots while the feature is switched on.

We should learn more pretty soon. The company previously said it hopes to launch the new feature later this summer, so Facebook is probably gearing up to officially introduce Secret Conversations within the next month or so.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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