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Messenger prioritizes privacy in new update, enables message editing and more


Facebook parent Meta recently announced in a blog post that a slate of new features is coming to the company's popular messaging platform Messenger. The new update brings privacy-oriented features to the platform, which notably highlights the default end-to-end encryption for all personal conversations and more.

"The extra layer of security provided by end-to-end encryption means that the content of your messages and calls with friends and family are protected from the moment they leave your device to the moment they reach the receiver’s device. This means that nobody, including Meta, can see what’s sent or said, unless you choose to report a message to us," the announcement reads.

In addition to the end-to-end encryption, Messenger is also enabling message editing in the new update. A long-awaited feature among the Messenger community, users can now edit their messages during the first 15 minutes after being sent. Users can still report edited messages and Meta will be able to see the previous versions of the edited message.

Aside from message editing, users can also send disappearing messages, control their reading visibility when reading messages, send HD media files, play voice messages at 1.5x or 2x speeds, and more. Albeit, disappearing messages last a day after being sent.

Meta is now rolling out the new Messenger update in certain countries although the company is still testing HD media sharing with a small group of users before pushing it to the public.

Source: Meta