Updates to End-to-End Encrypted Chats on Messenger

Meta recently announced updates to Messenger’s opt-in end-to-end encrypted chats, including group chats and calls, notifications for screenshots of disappearing messages, stickers, GIFs, reactions and more.

What’s New?

  • End-to-end Encrypted Group Chats and Calls on Messenger: Last year, Meta announced that they began testing end-to-end encryption for group chats, including voice and video calls. They are excited to announce that this feature is available to everyone. Now you can choose to connect with your friends and family in a private and secure way.
  • Screenshot notifications: Last year, Meta updated the settings for disappearing messages in end-to-end encrypted chats and now they are introducing a new notification when they detect that someone screenshots a disappearing message. They think it’s important that you are able to use encrypted chats and feel safe, so they want to keep you informed if anyone takes screenshots of your disappearing messages. This is the same feature offered in Messenger’s vanish mode, and now they’re rolling out this notification over the next few weeks for disappearing messages our end-to-end encrypted chats.
  • GIFs and Stickers: To help you level up your chats and express yourself, GIFs and Stickers are now available for a more feature rich chat experience in end-to-end encrypted chats.
  • Reactions: With reactions, you’ll be able tap and hold on a message to bring up the reactions tray to make your choice of reaction: ❤️😆😮😢😠👍 You can also double tap a message to “heart” it.
  • Replies: You’ll now be able to reply to specific messages in your end-to-end encrypted chats, either by long pressing or swiping to reply.
    • Tap and hold to reply: long press on a message to reply to it. Your reply includes a copy of the original message.
    • Swipe to reply: you’ll also be able to swipe on the message you want to reply to. Swipe and type!
  • Typing Indicators: To help you feel more present in your encrypted 1:1 and group chats, typing indicators are now available so that you can see when others are typing.
  • Message forward: Pass along messages to your friends and family with this new feature! Long-pressing on a message will give you the option to forward. One you tap the ‘forward’ button, a share sheet will be displayed so you can share with one or many people or groups. You’ll also be able to create a new group before forwarding a message.
  • Verified Badge: Meta is also making the verified badge available for end-to-end encrypted chats to help you identify authentic accounts and have meaningful interactions.
  • Save Media: You’ll be able to save a video or image by long-pressing on any media you receive.
  • Video edits: When sending a photo or video from your gallery, you’ll have the option to edit before sending so you can add your own personal touch. This includes adding stickers, scribbling or adding text, cropping, and audio editing too (for videos).
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