Messenger Privacy Update Overview

The FB app messenger is a widely used and potentially powerful tool that sadly lacks essential privacy controls. Or does it? The team has recently announced an update in Messenger privacy settings. Let’s look how much more freedom it gives you.

New Facebook App Messenger Controls

While Secret Conversation on FB Messenger has proven successful in adding a layer of privacy to specific chats, many people still feel like their messages might get in the wrong hands. This is especially true with those chatting in public spaces or sharing their accommodation with people who don’t respect their privacy. That’s why Facebook is including its App Lock in Messenger now.

App Lock is a feature that requires additional authentication by FB messenger before you can access your inbox. After unlocking your phone, you still need to pass the test. The feature supports face and fingerprint-based authentication. A passcode can be used as an alternative, too. Please note that this applies to the entire inbox rather than specific chats.

Apart from protecting users’ private life from the prying lives of whoever might want to break into their Messenger inbox, Facebook is determined to solve the issue of getting inappropriate and/or undesired content sent to you. Whenever a non-friend sends you a picture via Messenger, it will be blurred automatically. This means you don’t have to look at an image unless you clearly state that you agree to see it.

Finally, new privacy-related user settings have been announced. These are the essentials that make chatting a safer experience, like categorizing people into those who can access you anytime and people that you don’t want to deal with. Everything in between will now end up in the Requests folder. Just like the auto blur feature above, it means you don’t need to read what you don’t feel like reading. Having the ability to look at a person’s profile before receiving anything from them surely adds to user security.


It looks like Facebook app Messenger is becoming a safer space by enabling you to reject potentially distressing content while keeping your inbox extra private due to another layer of authentication requests. Let’s home the new features that will prove successful in preventing online harassment and other forms of abuse.