Facebook Testing Encryption and Disappearing Notes In Messenger
Facebook today said it is exploring new features for Facebook Messenger that will give people the ability to secure their conversations. First, Facebook is looking at end-to-end encryption between two devices. Messages sent through an encrypted channel will be fully protected from prying eyes and visible only to the sender and the recipient. Facebook is calling these "secret conversations." Moreover, such conversations will support ephemeral content. Facebook says users can control the length of time messages will remain visible within the conversation — similar to Snapchat. Facebook imagines these tools will help protect sensitive and private information shared between two people. These features are available to a limited number of people now, but Facebook expects to expand them to more users by the end of summer.
Facebook Updates Messenger Platform to Improve Bots
Facebook hopes new features added to its Messenger Platform will help improve how bots perform within Facebook Messenger. For example, people can now rate bots so developers have more direct feedback on what works and what doesn't.
Facebook Messenger Gains Augmented Reality and Translations
Facebook today announced several new features headed to its Facebook Messenger service. First up is augmented reality in the Messenger platform.
Facebook Messenger No Longer Requires Facebook Account
Facebook said beginning today people do not have to have a Facebook account to use Facebook Messenger. When first loading the app, users will have the option of signing in with a phone number rather than their Facebook account.
Facebook Makes It Easier to Report Abusive Messenger Conversations
Facebook has rolled out a change to Messenger that simplifies the process of reporting abusive conversations. Before today, the process involved using Facebook or Messenger on the web.
Facebook Messenger Brings SMS Back to Android App
Facebook today said Facebook Messenger users will once again be able to send SMS messages — as long as they're running Android. Essentially, Android users can set Messenger as the default SMS app, which will route all SMS messages and conversations through Messenger rather than any other SMS apps that may be installed on the device.