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Facebook wants more Messenger security options, tests new iOS feature

June 15, 2020

Facebook is currently experimenting with a feature for its iOS Messenger app, meant to add additional protection to the user’s privacy by asking users to authenticate using Touch ID, Face ID or a passcode, before accessing the user’s conversations.

When enabled, the experimental feature will ask for authentication before giving access to Messenger chats, and will use the same authentication method that is currently used for unlocking the phone itself. App Lock, as it’s called, also allows for selecting when to require Face ID, either immediately after closing Messenger, or up to an hour after its last usage.

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