Messenger’s end-to-end encrypted chats and calls are available to everyone

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Messenger added end-to-end encrypted (E2EE) chat in 2016 when it was still called Facebook Messenger and Meta was still Facebook. Now many things have changed, but the optional feature has been fully rolled out to everyone, with toggles to encrypt text messages, as well as group chats and calls. Meta has talked about switching to E2EE by default, but that may not happen until next year at the earliest, as some regulators argue it would hurt public safety.

There are two ways Messenger users can sign up for the secure chats, either through the disappear mode, by swiping up on an existing chat to enter one where messages will automatically disappear when the window is closed or the original version used in 2016 was introduced as Secret Talks. You can enable that by enabling the lock icon when you start a new chat.

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In addition to a full rollout of the feature, Messenger also has some new features to enable. Now, in end-to-end encrypted chats, you can use GIFs, stickers, comments, and long press to reply to or forward messages. The encrypted chats now also support verified badges so people can identify authentic accounts (unless it’s Elon Musk).

You can also save media exchanged in the chats, and there is a Snapchat-esque screenshot notification that will be rolled out in the coming weeks.

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