Ever wanted to share a confidential message with your friends but were too scared they’d leak it? You no longer have to worry about unconsented #resibo: Facebook Messenger now gives screenshot notifications for chats under their secret conversation feature.
On 28 Jan 2022, Mark Zuckerberg posted about this update on his Facebook profile.
“New update for end-to-end encrypted Messenger chats so you get a notification if someone screenshots a disappearing message,” the Meta CEO said. “We’re also adding GIFs, stickers, and reactions to encrypted chats too.”
How it works? You just have to make sure to turn on the Secret Conversation feature on Messenger and enable disappearing messages. Once this is toggled on and you take a screenshot, Messenger will alert the receiving person that a screenshot has been taken.
What is the Secret Conversation feature in Messenger?
Secret Conversation is Messenger’s very own end-to-end encrypted platform. In simpler terms, it lets you message another person privately, making sure no other device besides the one you use can access your conversation.
Launched in July 2016, Secret Conversation adds extra security to your calls and messages, preventing third-party sources, including Facebook itself, from listening or seeing them.
How to activate Secret Conversation
Users can activate Secret Conversation to access its features. Here are the following steps to do so:
- Open the Messenger app. Tap “Compose Message,” the pencil icon that you’ll find in the top-right corner.
- Toggle the padlock icon (Android) or the “Secret” text (iOS) in the top-right corner.
- Find a contact you want to message. Tap on their name to start a secret conversation.
How to turn on disappearing messages on Messenger
- Once you are in a secret conversation with someone, you will see a timer icon beside the chatbox. Tap on this.
- You will then find different timer options, from five seconds to one day. The option you choose will determine how long before your message disappears after your chatmate reads it.
- Leave a message as you regularly would.
Quite notorious for its security issues and data breaches, Facebook earlier announced that it plans to add end-to-end chat encryption as a default feature on Messenger. However, the company noted that this won’t fully arrive until 2023. Until then, make sure to toggle Secret Conversation and enable disappearing messages to avoid some serious Marites behaviour.
Enjoy those Messenger screenshot notifications!