Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) has apparently shunned all the warnings and frustrations of US’s powerful secret agency FBI. In a recent development, the company has included a seamless, end to end secure text messaging algorithm in WhatsApp, its newly acquired, most popular chatting service. After the introduction of the algorithm which is dubbed as “TextSecure”, users will be able to chat with each other without the fear of eavesdroppers, governmental intruders and hackers. In a blog post by Whisper Systems, the company behind TextSecure, announced that Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB)’s latest update for WhatsApp for Android has TextSecure working behind the scenes.
Last month, FBI Director James Comey vehemently opposed the sophisticated encryption algorithms introduced by companies like Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB), Google and Apple. Comey said that these algorithms are making job difficult for the government. Terrorists and miscreants can use these secure chatting platform to plot attacks.
Whisper Systems said that its developers were working on a seamless, end to end algorithm which can make eavesdropping impossible. Whisper System claimed that it is continuing to work on its own TextSecure app. The working experience with Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) gave immense experience to its developers to try algorithms on hundreds of millions of users. Half a billion users of Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) daily exchange billions of messages over WhatsApp daily. The source said that currently, the end to end messaging for Android is powered by TextSecure. Soon, this feature will be rolling out for group messages and other threads.
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Philippe Laffont‘s Coatue Management owns over 5.8 million shares of Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB).