Facebook Messenger has started rolling out Secret Conversations, a feature that enables end-to-end encryption for conversations within Messenger. Secret Conversations is built on Signal Protocol, a modern, open source, strong encryption protocol we developed for asynchronous messaging systems.
Signal Protocol powers our own private messaging app, Signal. The protocol is designed from the ground up to make seamless end-to-end encrypted messaging possible and to make private communication simple. To amplify the impact and scope of private communication, we also collaborate with other popular messaging apps like WhatsApp, Google Allo, and now Facebook Messenger to help integrate Signal Protocol into those products.
For more detail, Facebook has published a document with technical details of their Signal Protocol deployment. They use our open source Signal Protocol libraries, and we’ve verified that the integration was done appropriately. While this release does not enable end-to-end encryption for all conversations by default, like you’d find in WhatsApp or Signal, it’s still a big step, and we hope that Messenger will continue to iterate on this deployment to make end-to-end encryption more pervasive throughout their product.
More to come
At Open Whisper Systems, we’re going to continue our efforts to advance the state of the art for frictionless private communication, in our own app and in others. We’re excited about the future for Signal Protocol and the places it is going.