Facebook is now rolling out new features to Facebook Messenger, which not only boost overall security, but add a much-requested feature, message editing. That’s not all, though, so let’s dive in, shall we?
Meta says that this is the “biggest set of improvements to Messenger since it was first launched in 2011”. That’s a big claim. The headline of this update is definitely a huge boost on the security side of things.
Facebook Messenger gets improved security, message editing, and various other improvements
End-to-end encryption is now a default for both private chats and calls on Messenger and Facebook. What does that mean? Well, it basically means that not even Meta can see your chats and calls.
Messenger will ask you to set up a PIN, though, so that you can recover your messages later on.
You can now edit messages, while some changes to disappearing messages have also been made
The second big change that Meta is rolling out has to do with the messages themselves. You
will finally be able to edit messages in Facebook Messenger. Do note that the editing window will close after 15 minutes, though.
Meta also made a change to disappearing messages. They now last for 24 hours after being sent. The company also improved the interface for disappearing messages, so it’s easy to notice when disappearing messages have been activated. Do note that they’re only available for end-to-end encrypted conversations.
Meta is also making privacy changes regarding read receipts, and improves photo & video experience
The company is also making a change to read receipts. You can now decide whether you want others to see when you have read their messages. This brings a whole new privacy aspect to the experience, though not everyone will like this.
Meta is making photos and videos easier to access. The company has also upgraded the image quality, added some fun layouts, and will also provide people with more controls. We’re not really sure what that means exactly, but there you have it. We do know that Facebook is testing HD media and file sharing improvements already.
Voice messages are getting more popular, so the company improved those too
Facebook Messenger is now also allowing you to play voice messages at 1.5x and 2x speeds, in case you want to get through them faster. You can also pick up from where you left off. Facebook recognizes that voice messages are growing in popularity.
Do note that the global rollout for all of these features may take a couple of months to complete, so be patient.