Facebook Secret Messages…Not So Secret.
Facebook is launching a secure messaging service but there are numerous potential pitfalls with the service that users should be aware of that may make you vulnerable to hackers or surveillance programmes.
Most contentiously, users must opt-in to the feature before being able to use it. Meaning that Facebook can continue to monetize the data of the majority of people who will likely ignore the new option.
The new service will only offer the ‘secret conversation’ mode on one selected device per user. That device will then store the conversation permanently, although the sender can set a timer to control the amount of time that each message is visible on the device, after which point it will be erased.
Facebook also states that in the case of a complaint being received by a recipient, they are able to read the message – how can this be the case if the messages are only stored on the users’ devices? It sounds highly likely that they have a back door into the encryption software.
Lastly, only non-enhanced text will be able to be included in secret conversations, so GIFs, videos, attachments and other common Facebook features will be disabled.
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