With the controversy surrounding encryption and data protection, Facebook is set to update its Messenger platform to ensure messages are encrypted. This is similar to Whatsapp’s encryption process that provides its customers with end-to-end encryption messages in order to protect their information.
Facebook plans to encrypts this by establishing the new Messenger Privacy Center.
The site has announced that this new “Privacy and Safety Hub will show you more about your privacy settings and features like Secret Conversations. The site will also highlight ways to use tools like blocking and reporting. This will make it easier for you to stop unwanted interactions and report an issue, such as someone impersonating a friend or celebrity.”
The Privacy Center will give users a simplified overview of the Messenger privacy functions. The site hopes that raising awareness of the tools available will ensure that users trust the site more. This, using encryption in their messaging.
Zuckerberg added: “I believe a privacy-focused communications platforms will become even more important than today’s open platforms. Therefore, privacy gives people the freedom to be themselves and connect more naturally, which is why we build social networks.”
However, some critics are worried that these encryption offerings will provide new opportunities for criminals to hide their activities.
Despite concerns, Facebook is sure that this update will on;y provide users with a better service. The next step will be to integrate Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram messaging into a single cross-connected platform to connect all social sites.
We’re excited to see how users react to this, and what you think of the update? Let us know by joining in the conversation on our social media accounts!