Feature extension for end-to-end encryption on Messenger | Meta TOU

Feature extension for end-to-end encryption on Messenger | Meta

Today we’re announcing the introduction of some of the features you love about Messenger for end-to-end encrypted chats, including:

  • Discussion topics: We’ve added chat themes to help you personalize and improve your conversations in end-to-end encrypted chats. Tired of a plain background? Can’t wait to show off your Swiftie credentials with the Midnights theme? You can now set themes, including static color and gradient themes, for end-to-end encrypted chats.
  • Custom chat emojis and reactions: Want to personalize your response? You can see the full menu of emoji reactions and customize the quick reaction tray in end-to-end encrypted chats.
  • Group profile pictures: Choose group profile pictures for different chats with friends or co-workers.
  • Link previews: We’ve rebuilt link previews for end-to-end encrypted chats so you can see where a link takes you, before you click it.
  • Active status: Show people when you’re active, so they know when it’s a good time to call. You can also choose to disable this feature if you want to improve your privacy.
  • Bubbles on Android: Speech bubbles (a circle with your friend’s photo) allow you to read and reply to messages while you’re using other apps. Once enabled, a bubble will appear when you receive a new message.

We have also started to gradually expand default end-to-end encryption testing for Messenger. We know people want a place to connect and they want to know those conversations are private, safe and secure. That’s why we’ve spent time building a team of talented engineers, cryptologists, designers, and policy experts who are all committed to deploying end-to-end encryption by default on Messenger.

Over the next few months, more and more people will continue to have some of their chats gradually upgraded with an extra layer of protection provided by end-to-end encryption. We will notify users of these individual threads as they are updated. We know people will have questions about how we select and update individual threads, so we wanted to clarify that this is a random process. It is designed to be random so that there is no negative impact on our infrastructure and people’s chat experience. It also ensures that our new end-to-end encrypted threads continue to provide users with a fast, reliable, and rich experience on Messenger.

Creating a secure and resilient end-to-end encrypted service for the billions of messages sent every day on Messenger requires careful testing. We will provide updates as we progress towards this goal during 2023.