Facebook Might Add End-to-End Encryption to Messenger
Some time ago back in April, Facebook-owned WhatsApp added end-to-end encryption to its platform in order to increase security, secure data and weaken hacker efforts to decrypt messages and steal private data since end-to-end encrypted messages can only be read by the intended recipients. In recent reports, Facebook seems to be considering doing the same for its messenger.
It is reported that Facebook might be rolling out this feature in the coming few months and it will be a mode that users need to opt into in order to enable it, unlike WhatsApp’s encryption which was turned on by default for all WhatsApp users.
What does that mean to Facebook?
Facebook heavily relies on artificial intelligence and data collection to better respond to user requests. Facebook Messenger Bots, for example, need to access information on the company’s server in order to collect the information they need. Once the encryption is enabled, the company will not be able to access information between senders and receivers, since any encrypted information will only be seen by them. Learn more about bots here.
So it really comes down to this: will users want more privacy or more artificial intelligence? I, for one, would definitely choose more privacy any time and any day of the year!
It comes as no surprise that Facebook would consider taking such a step after the battle that Apple has fought with the FBI over its use of encryption.
Moreover, it is worth mentioning that Facebook is not the only one thinking of considering this security upgrade, Google’s upcoming “smart messenger”, Allo, will also be offering an additional opt-in encryption feature for its users.
Which messaging application do you use most and why? We are looking forward to hearing from you in the comment section below.