Facebook Messenger launches end-to-end encrypted voice and video calls

A security feature that only allows only call participants to access data
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Facebook Messenger has launched a new option that allows its users to make voice or video calls with end-to-end encryption.

The messaging app has given more privacy controls to users, who already had end-to-end encryption on chat messages since 2016 and now have the ability to enable the feature on voice and video calls as well, Facebook announced in a statement.

Call encryption is an optional feature that users can enable if they wish. It offers users protection from hackers, so that calls are encrypted and, except for the participants, no one can know the passwords in the process.

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Facebook Messenger has also introduced updated controls for automatically disappearing messages, where users can now choose more options for content to expire between five seconds and 24 hours.

Facebook has also announced other new features coming soon to Messenger. The app will begin testing end-to-end encryption in group chats, including voice and video calls.

The new feature will be tested in the coming weeks and will come with controls to prevent unwanted interactions, such as selecting that only friends can send chat requests.

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Another new feature is the option to protect Instagram direct messages with end-to-end encryption, which works in a similar way to Messenger chats. This new feature will be tested among a limited group of adult users of the social network in some countries.