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An Associated Press reporter holds a mobile phone showing the Facebook Messenger app installation page in San Francisco, Wednesday, July 27, 2016. Facebook is pushing more people to install its Messenger application, now by blocking people who want to send and receive messages via its mobile website instead of the app. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Facebook's Messenger app lets you send super-secret messages to your friends


Facebook's one-on-one encrypted messaging feature, called Secret Conversations, is now live for all Android and iOS users.

The company says the texts are encrypted on the devices that they're sent from and received.

This means if you're chatting in secret mode on your smartphone, you won't see previous messages on your desktop. 

Messages will disappear after a set time, according to a Wired report.

For now, Secret Messages is only available on smartphone devices -- here's how it looks.


How to use Secret Conversations

Tap on the "New Conversation" icon at the top right and then hit the word "secret."

Then, choose the contact you want to start an encrypted conversation with, and let the private conversation begin.

A win for privacy enthusiasts, but a loss for relationships

Facebook says it won't have access to the texts -- not even the government. The encryption is an end-to-end type that scrambles the information when it's sent, and only you and the person you message can see the unscrambled note.

This is good news for privacy enthusiasts, but not everyone is excited about Messenger's Secret Messages.

Critics of the new feature suspect the secret messages will do more harm than good.

Users suggest the secret messages will promote infidelity. 

"Nice one Mark"

No animated GIFs, no video, no payments

The encryption is accomplished using the Signal protocol, the same tech used in Google's Allo and Whatsapp, which is also owned by Facebook.

One buzzkill: Secret Conversation users won't be able to send animated GIFs, share videos transfer money.

Facebook rolled out Secret Conversations back in July, but made it available for all Messenger users earlier this week.

Should Facebook let users send secret messages?

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