Facebook has announced through a blog post that it is rolling out end-to-end encryption for its voice and video call in Facebook Messenger. The company had been already offering end-to-end encryption for one-on-one text chats in Facebook Messenger since 2016. Facebook mentioned in its press release that it has seen a surge in the use of audio and video calling since the last year, driven by the COVID-19 pandemic and that it has witnessed more than 150 million video calls per day on Facebook Messenger. Additionally, with the end-to-end encryption support, Facebook is bringing the calling feature right into the chat mode so that you can make audio and video calls from the same screen.

Facebook has been providing end-to-end encryption in WhatsApp for a long time. With the end-to-end encryption now being added to Facebook Messenger, none other than the people involved in the chat can see or listen to what is happening during text chats and voice or video calls. However, you can still report an end-to-end encrypted message to Facebook if you see something is objectionable or wrong.

Along with the end-to-end encryption support, Facebook is also bringing updates to Disappearing Messages as well. Users can now set messages to disappear from as few as 5 seconds to as long as 24 hours. Additionally, you can activate Disappearing Messages for everyone in the chat and not just yourself with the latest App update.

Facebook has said that it has some more features in the pipeline, and they will be released in the upcoming weeks. The company has mentioned that it has begun testing end-to-end encryption for group chats, including voice and video calls for everyone. Along with these new features, Facebook also plans to bring delivery controls. With the delivery controls, you will be able to prevent unwanted interactions by deciding who can reach your Chats list, who goes to your Requests folder, and who can’t message you at all. Last but not least, in certain countries, Facebook will begin testing end-to-end encrypted messages and calls for one-on-one conversations on Instagram.

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