Meta has announced several quality updates to Facebook Messenger in its efforts to make it a robust messaging platform. While the rollout of these updates will take some time, the updates that Meta will be implementing to Facebook Messenger are useful.
To start things off, Meta is improving the privacy of Facebook Messenger by enabling end-to-end encryption by default. This means that all your private messages can only be seen by you and your recipient, which should give both parties peace of mind when sending sensitive info to one another.
“This means that nobody, including Meta, can see what’s sent or said, unless you choose to report a message to us,” Meta said in their press release.
Another big update to Facebook Messenger is that you can edit your messages in case you made a typo or two. Everyone is excited about being able to edit messages–but do note that you can only edit them within the first 15 minutes you’ve sent the message. Also note that should you report an edited message, Meta will be able to see previous versions of the message.
Meta also updated disappearing messages on Messenger, where messages will disappear 24 hours after they are sent if the feature is enabled. This feature is available for end-to-end encrypted conversations, and Meta will notify you if someone screenshots a disappearing message.
Other key updates for Messenger include better control for read receipts, HD media sharing, and the ability to play voice messages at 1.5x or 2x speeds.