Ways You Can Take Control of Your Privacy

Over the past few years, more consumers around the world have sought apps that offer strong privacy features (source), and that’s been top of mind as we listen, learn, and improve our own approach to privacy. We recently refreshed a report that looks at our investments in privacy and details our commitment to embed privacy across all our technologies, such as Messenger. The company as a whole is evolving as we build new processes and products with privacy and safety by design.

Today, I wanted to dive into how our increased focus on helping protect people’s privacy and giving them more controls has impacted how we think about personal messaging. Our teams are working hard everyday to offer people the safest private messaging experience on Messenger. We’ve introduced changes that give people more control over who can message you, increased security to protect people’s messages from hackers, and simplified tools that enable people to make clear choices about their privacy. Antigone Davis, Meta’s global head of safety, recently explained how we approach safety, and this blog details our approach to privacy and security.

Choice and control

Messenger helps more than a billion people stay connected to those who matter most to them. They expect their conversations to be a private, secure, and safe experience. For Messenger, we want you to have the ability to make choices about who can contact you, as well as control your level of privacy. We also want to make these choices simple. Research by TTC Labs has shown that people are more likely to use privacy controls when they are accessible and easy to use. This is why we recently launched Privacy Center to better explain how you can choose your level of privacy. 

We’ve also updated some of our features to make them easier to use and offer more choices:

Control your privacy

End-to-end encrypted chats

On device security

What’s next 

We are continuing to work on improving our approach to privacy and think carefully about the way we build our products for the future. We also want to continue working with privacy experts, and contribute to the ongoing discussion about the interaction of privacy, safety and security. 

Our research and discussions internally and with others will help us make better products, contribute to others’ work on safety and privacy, and chart a way forward with a more thoughtful approach. Being part of the conversation will help us play our role in delivering a much safer, secure and private world.

Every day, billions of people around the world use end-to-end encrypted messages to stay in touch with their family and friends, run their small businesses and advocate for causes. In these messages, they share private information that they only want the person they message to see. 

We are committed to helping people take control of their privacy on Messenger, and will continue working towards the goal of building the most private and safe messaging platform.

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