Facebook launches a new Messenger tool

Communication is vital in modern society, and many people turn to Facebook Messenger when they need to communicate. Facebook Messenger is extremely convenient because it allows you to quickly connect with your friends and family across various platforms. The messaging app works on multiple platforms, including iOS, Android, and on the web. In recent years, Facebook Messenger has become the premier messaging application, but Facebook is not satisfied.

 

Facebook is always looking for a way to improve their products, and in recent months their eyes have fallen on their messenger app. Facebook wants to make Messenger the best communication tool on the planet, and they are willing to invest time and money into that effort. They just unveiled a new feature that should raise Messenger’s profile.

 

Facebook Messenger is now unveiling a new feature called “Rooms”. The feature is arriving in limited markets right now. This limited launch is meant to see if the messaging application could encourage broader discussions in a more public atmosphere. These “Rooms” will be centered around specific topics.

 

There have been rumors of this new feature since September. Early in September, people discovered code within the Messenger App that referenced the new feature. The code also explained how the feature worked. The text within the code talked about Rooms being a place for conversation about topics and interests. The rooms will have a link, so they can easily be shared with other people through the messenger app.

 

Users will be able to create their own rooms through the Messenger app. They can then invite members, create a nickname for the group, change notification settings, and more. The Rooms feature should allow for customizable chat rooms centered around a central topic.

 

Facebook has quickly come out and announced that the Rooms feature is a short test. Right now, Rooms is available to members in Austrailia and Canada. Both countries are places where social networks often look to test new products. They have small English-speaking bases, which make the countries an ideal place to test before you unveil the application in the United States or the United Kingdom.

 

Facebook wants to change the way people communicate, and this new feature is sure to have an impact. Only time will tell just how effective this new application will be.

 

End-to-End Encryption Comes to Facebook Messenger

Facebook’s latest technological update is an extra level of security for their Messenger app. They’re rolling out end-to-end encryption, as well as the ability to send messages which will automatically be deleted after a set time frame. While these features aren’t available to every user at the moment, they should be by September.

The feature won’t be turned on by default, as the encrypted mode doesn’t allow for features such as payment, GIFs, or video. Besides this, many users may consider encryption to be unnecessary for casual everyday conversations. It’s also only available for the mobile Messenger app, at least for now.

When explaining their decision to make the feature optional rather than default, Facebook vice president David Marcus stated, “It’s that extra layer that you’ll want for those special conversations where you send a Social Security number, a username or password, checking account information for a payment, medical data of some kind. For those types of things, you want to have a little bit more peace of mind. We feel like the approach for us, given how people use our product, is really the right one and the security experts out there have been very supportive of the approach we’ve taken.”

The technology they used is based on the Signal Protocol, which was developed by Open Whisper Systems. This decision was made based on the fact that building a new security system from scratch would result in more initial issues, while the free and open-source Signal Protocol has already established itself as a leader in cryptography.