As some sources have told the Guardian during the last hours, it is expected to arrive in the coming months very interesting news to Facebook Messenger . And it is that as has been disclosed, the instant messaging application Facebook could include encryption system end to end we have already seen in other applications such as WhatsApp. But unlike most uses encryption, it is expected to Facebook technology can be activated voluntarily by the users because it otherwise could interfere with the bots that the company announced in April.
Having the security system from end to end encryption means that only the sender and recipient of a message can view contents, so there is no danger that we are being spied on by third parties. Thus, if Facebook just implemented this system, even they can read the data, so the bots could also be held incommunicado.
Seeing this, it seems that Facebook plans are very similar to those that Google is taking with Allo, a new chat application that uses a machine learning to suggest quick answers. But if we consider that the new security system can break learning, extra security is available only when entering the incognito mode application.
As mentioned earlier, other messaging platforms, such as iMessage Apple and WhatsApp Facebook itself, have this encryption by default, which has caused some problems and the complaint of some governments and intelligence agencies who complain dulling their investigations. Such complaints could be even more intense if just to get the new system to the social network as Facebook Messenger is used by more than 900 million people worldwide.
At the same time, we are seeing as users are increasingly concerned about their privacy by watching surveillance by the government is increasingly intense, just as happens with hackers trying to gain private data. Apple in particular has traded privacy as a key selling point for their products, going so far as to resist court orders that could force the encryption is weakened to allow access.
We'll see if finally comes this new feature to Facebook Messenger which is received by the public and government agencies to a feature that has already raised considerable controversy since its premiere.