Meta Inc is building the next WhatsApp with Messenger 

Meta founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the introduction of some of the features that people love in Messenger to end-to-end encrypted chats. Some of these features include chat themes, custom chat emojis and reactions, group profile photos and link previews.  

“We know people want a space to connect and they want to know that those conversations are private, safe and secure,” Meta said in a blog post

“That is why we’ve spent time building a team of talented engineers, cryptologists, designers and policy experts who are all committed to rolling out default end-to-end encryption on Messenger. Building a secure and resilient end-to-end encrypted service for the billions of messages that are sent on Messenger every day requires careful testing.” 

The company says it will roll out some new features and updates in the coming weeks and months. 

“Over the next few months, more people will continue to see some of their chats gradually being upgraded with an extra layer of protection provided by end-to-end encryption.”

Meta adds: “We will notify people in these individual chat threads as they are upgraded. We know people will have questions about how we select and upgrade individual threads, so we wanted to make clear that this is a random process.”

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