Facebook planning encrypted version of its Messenger bot, sources say

Facebook plans to make the tougher encryption an opt-in, because turning it on would get in the way of some new machine learning features it is building into Messenger, sources said. Photograph: Eric Risberg/AP Facebook users this summer may have to make a choice: Do they want extra privacy – or better artificial intelligence? In the coming months, according to three people close to the project, the social media company plans to release an optional encrypted communications mode for its Messenger app, which is used by more than 900 million people. The system will let users deploy so-called end-to-end encryption meant to block both authorities and Facebook from reading users’ texts. Such technology has become more widespread in the post-Edward Snowden era as the technology industry tries to assuage fears…


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