May 31, 2016

Sources: Facebook planning encrypted version of its Messenger app

The move illustrates how technology companies are doubling down on secure messaging while not wanting to get in the way of their other business objectives

Facebook users this summer may have to make a choice: do they want extra privacy – or better artificial intelligence?

As per The Guardian, in the coming months the social media company plans to release an optional encrypted communications mode for its Messenger app, which is used by more than 900 million people.

The system will let users deploy so-called end-to-end encryption meant to block both authorities and Facebook from reading users’ texts. Such technology has become more widespread in the post-Edward Snowden era as the technology industry tries to assuage fears about prying eyes in both the government and Silicon Valley headquarters.

Yet Facebook plans to make the tougher encryption an opt-in, because turning it on would get in the way of some new machine learning features it is building into Messenger, sources said. In May, Google faced blowback from privacy activists after it made a similar choice for its new Allo messaging app.

Facebook’s move illustrates how technology companies are doubling down on secure messaging in the wake of Apple’s standoff with the FBI. At the same time, the companies also don’t want to get in the way of their other business objectives.

For more on this, check out the entire article at: https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2016/may/31/facebook-messenger-bot-encryption-secure-messaging

 

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