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Facebook Has Added A Second Layer Of Protection To Messenger's Inbox, Making It More Secured With Face ID



Messenger -- Facebook is really trying to make it private (that only you and Facebook should have access to the theoretically private conversations contained within).  

Facebook is testing new ways to secure its app, specifically on an unspecified number of iOS devices, the social-media giant has added a second layer of protection to Messenger's inbox. If enabled, users will need to either re-enter their passcode, or engage Touch ID or Face ID before they can read all their juicy messages. 

This is the idea behind the change -- If someone gets access to your unlocked device, this security feature provides an additional barrier that will prevent the bad actor from reading your Messenger messages.

Engadget was able to get a statement from a Facebook spokesperson, although there's not much there. 

The spokesperson said, "We want to give people more choices and controls to protect their private messages, and recently, we began testing a feature that lets you unlock the Messenger app using your device's settings." “It's an added layer of privacy to prevent someone else from accessing your messages." 

It's worth noting, however, that if Facebook truly cared about the privacy of your Messenger messages, then it would enable end-to-end encryption, which it calls "secret conversation," and it should  be by default. That means that Facebook, and by extension law enforcement, is technically able to read your messages unless you dig around in the settings and turn on end-to-end encryption yourself. 

Although, Facebook has claimed that enabling end-to-end encryption by default is "incredibly challenging." The Justice Department and the FBI have for years argued that encryption prevents them from investigating crimes that take place on, or are coordinated over, the internet.   

Furthermore, if none of this concerns you, and for some reasons you're still using Messenger over free and privacy-first options like Signal, and you happen to have an iPhone, and by chance you are part of this test group, then by all means drop this new and extra layer of security on your Messenger inbox. 

It's not like it will make your inbox any less private than it already is, and it might just keep out some prying eyes.

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