The testing phase started in June and, as expected, Facebook Messenger now supports iPhone’s Face ID. This allows users to keep their personal messages and chats more secure and confidential. With support for iPhone authentication systems, Facebook Messenger in fact supports both the Face ID of the terminals of the latest generations but also Touch ID of the previous models as well as the recent iPhone SE 2020, it is possible to request authentication to access the app.
This means that it is not possible to protect and make individual messages and chats private, but only and exclusively the entire app and all its contents. Also, WhatsApp was the first to implement a similar function already last year, so the extension to the other platform was foreseeable and only a matter of time.
As for Facebook Messenger support for Face ID and Touch ID, the new feature now available for everyone is called App Lock. It is not activated by default, so the user must do this by accessing the new Privacy menu. In this section, the developer plans to include new privacy controls and features within the next few months.
Recently, Mark Zuckerberg’s team has introduced a long list of new features and functions, also in response to the huge usage of the platforms caused by the pandemic. Screen sharing came in mid-July, professional video calls in May. Also in May, video calls for everyone with Messenger Rooms arrived, to better compete with Zoom and beyond.