Meta recently announced several updates to Facebook Messenger’s end-to-end encrypted chats, including group chats and calls, notifications for screenshots of disappearing messages, stickers, GIFs, reactions, and more. These new features will be available for all users but likely rolled out in the coming days.
These new updates will bring the encrypted messaging experience closer to the mainstream Messenger platform.
If you recall, end-to-end encrypted messages (also called Secret Conversations) were introduced way back in 2016, allowing two people to chat with each other in an encrypted, closed-off, and private space. In 2020, disappearing messages were added for further protection.
This year, the company adds yet another layer of protection with screenshot notifications for disappearing messages. Facebook explains, “We think it’s important that you are able to use encrypted chats and feel safe, so we want to keep you informed if anyone takes screenshots of your disappearing messages.”
End-to-end encrypted chat groups and calls were also made available to everyone. This feature was previously in beta mode, tested with a limited number of users.
Other updates were added to make end-to-end encrypted chats more interactive, such as the ability to add GIFs and stickers, reacting to chat messages, replying to specific messages, forwarding messages, showing typing indicators, saving received media, and editing videos sent from the gallery.