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Facebook users may soon be able to have 'secret conversations' in Messenger

Facebook users may soon be able to have ‘secret conversations’ in Messenger

  • Facebook is rumoured to be rolling out two new features in Messenger
  • ‘Secret conversations’s could be encrypted or easily hidden in the app
  • Another could let people pay for goods in shops using the messaging app 
  • Facebook has not commented on the rumours, the roots of which are code 

Sarah Griffiths for MailOnline

Adulterers embarking on a risky affair may soon have a new weapon in their cheating arsenal.

Facebook is rumoured to rolling out new Messenger features, including the ability for users to have ‘secret conversations’.

The app could also be used to pay for goods in shops in the future.

Facebook is rumoured to rolling out new Messenger features, including the ability for users to have 'secret conversations' and pay for goods in shops. The Messenger app logo is pictured above

Facebook is rumoured to rolling out new Messenger features, including the ability for users to have ‘secret conversations’ and pay for goods in shops. The Messenger app logo is pictured above

Clues about the new services, which have not been confirmed by Facebook, were found within the code for Messenger, by The Information.

The ‘secret conversations’ feature could suggest Facebook may add encrypted chats in Messenger, or equally, it may introduce a way for users to hide chosen messages on their device, which could prove handy for cheaters.

The roll-out of an encrypted message service would put Facebook on a level pegging with WhatsApp for example, which already lets users have secure text conversations.

The code also suggests Facebook may let people use Messenger to pay for goods in stores, gradually turning the messaging app into more of a retail hub.

The 'secret conversations' feature could suggest Facebook may add encrypted chats in Messenger, or equally, that it may introduce a way for users to hide chosen messages on their device, which could prove handy for cheaters (illustrated with a stock image)

The ‘secret conversations’ feature could suggest Facebook may add encrypted chats in Messenger, or equally, that it may introduce a way for users to hide chosen messages on their device, which could prove handy for cheaters (illustrated with a stock image)

The roll-out of such a feature would pit Messenger against Apple Pay and Google’s Android Pay, but it’s not known how payments could be made and what technology it would use meaning it could be some way from being released.

Facebook has told MailOnline it has no comment at this time. 

The social network already lets US users send and receive money via Messenger in ‘just a few taps’ using its peer-to-peer payments service.

But the company’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, said earlier this year that he does not want to become a payments processor.

The code also suggests Facebook may let people use Messenger to pay for goods in stores, gradually turning the messaging app into more of a retail hub. A stock image of a traditional transaction is shown

The code also suggests Facebook may let people use Messenger to pay for goods in stores, gradually turning the messaging app into more of a retail hub. A stock image of a traditional transaction is shown

‘On payments, the basic strategy that we have is to make it – especially in products like Messenger where the business interaction may be a bit more transactional – to take all the friction out of making the transactions that you need,’ Apple Insider reported him as saying.

Facebook has launched some tests, including Buy buttons, so in store purchases could be another trial in boosting traffic by enabling payments to be made.

Despite not wanting to handle processing payments directly, Zuckerberg has said he is not against partnering with payments services to make new transactional features a reality.

‘We’ll partner with everyone who does payments.

‘We look at the stuff that Apple is doing with Apple Pay, for example, as a really neat innovation in the space that takes a lot of friction out of transactions as well.’ 

HOW FACEBOOK MESSENGER’S CURRENT PAYMENT FEATURE WORKS 

To send money, US- based Messenger users can tap a new ‘$’ icon that’s next to the buttons that let them send photos, stickers or a thumbs up sign. 

They must then enter the amount of money they want to send, tap ‘pay’ on the top right corner of their screens and enter their debit card number.

To receive money for the first time, users must enter their the card number.

Once this has been done, they can create a pin code that they will need to enter the next time they want to send money.

Users who have recent iPhone models can choose to use Touch ID instead to authorise transactions using their fingerprint.