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Facebook Messenger now allows Secret Conversations


Lots of people use Facebook Messenger. 900 Million in fact.

But Facebook Messenger, unlike other messaging platforms such as WhatsApp, does not offer end to end encryption by default. You have to enable it each time within each message in a new feature called ‘Secret Conversation’. Once enabled manually the chat will be end-to-end encrypted as well as allowing the user to set a self-destruct timer between 5 seconds and 1 day, Snapchat stylee.

There are two ways in which Facebook Messenger can initiate a secret conversation. The first and most straightforward is from within messenger. Just tap on the Compose box top right. From here you’ll see the word ‘secret’ (top right). Tap this, choose the person you’d like a secret conversation with and type your message. You’ll then see a timer (bottom right) so choose how long you want the message to be available for.

The second option works with existing conversations. To enable the ‘secret conversation’ feature, just open an existing message, tap the person’s name and you’ll see the secret conversation option.

Facebook on it’s secret conversations features said ‘With secret conversations, you can send messages, pictures and stickers. Secret conversations don’t support group messages, gifs, videos, voice or video calling or payments’.

It’s worth remembering to take care when it comes to ‘secret conversations’ or disappearing messages. Secret messages can still be screen-shotted – or the receiver may not be alone and could show anyone the message or image. Proceed with caution.

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Posted By Wayne Denner

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