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Facebook Messenger App to soon use Face ID and Touch ID for authentication

Facebook is testing Face ID and Touch ID lock for Messenger App for iOS.

Facebook is reportedly testing Face ID and Touch ID authentication to secure its Messenger app for iOS devices. Currently there is no protection for Messenger application and Facebook now wants to secure the user’s chat and other stuff shared on the application.

Facebook subsidiary WhatsApp uses the Face ID and Touch ID lock to authenticate the original user of the application and the company wants to bring same experience to access the inbox in Messenger app also. Last year, social media giant has rolled out this security feature on WhatsApp and now the company wants to go same way for other owned applications also.

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One of the Facebook spokesperson was quoted as saying :

We want to give people more choices and controls to protect their private messages, and recently, we began testing a feature that lets you unlock the Messenger app using your device’s settings. It’s an added layer of privacy to prevent someone else from accessing your messages.

Facebook Messenger App
Facebook Messenger App

The testing is currently in development stage and it is not yet clear by when this security authentication feature will roll out to public. Furthermore, the testing is currently going on only for iOS devices, that means Android users have to wait much longer as anticipated.

iOS devices can expect this feature in July end or first week of August this year. Users will have a choice whether to enable this feature or not. Other option users will have is the authentication time, whether it is going to be needed always or only after a certain period of time which could be a minute to over an hour.

This upcoming privacy feature will not lock individual conversations. Facebook may plan to add this extra layer of security to the Facebook Messenger app in near future.

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Rohan Jain

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