Facebook Launches an Open Source Group Chat Encryption Tool

One of the biggest complaints about Facebook is how the company constantly spies on its users, collecting information about their personal habits and interests, packaging the information, and then selling it to advertisers. While the company is not abandoning that business plan, it is surprising to see Facebook release a product that allows users to apply encryption to their social media group chats.

Named the Asynchronous Ratcheting Tree, the open source tool is designed to enhance the security of Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and the Signal App among others.

At this time, the new app requires serious technical knowledge to install. There is no easy-to-use installation procedure. That is, you cannot simply double-click on an icon and then sit back and watch while the software is installed. The present release is for serious techies only. Hopefully, that will soon change.

You can read more in an article by Tom Ball in the Computer Business Review web site at: http://bit.ly/2ExpLR8.

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