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Facebook Will Offer 'Secret Conversations' On Messenger

New feature with end-to-end encryption on some opt-in messages likely to be available soon.

Social media giant Facebook is testing end-to-end encryption for select messages in its Messenger app and hopes to make it available this summer, The Verge reports. Facebook says the new “secret conversations" will be an opt-in feature and not activated by default.

By offering more privacy and stronger safeguards to conversations, Facebook hopes to attract global audiences in addition to its 900 million users (as of April). End-to-end encryption comes in the wake of criticism Facebook faced for scanning and retaining links shared in private messages.

“Secret conversations” will be available on one device per user and doesn't include GIFs and videos. Facebook will include a self-destruct timer for those select messages.

Read more details at The Verge.

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