Finally! Mainstream encryption!
After purchasing WhatsApp in early 2014, it was only a matter of time before Facebook climbed on board with encryption efforts for its messenger app.
What most might perceive as a win for the end user, I see it as more an open field before a battle.
I'm sure you all remember the net neutrality debacle that had sites like Wikipedia blacking themselves out to prove a point to the everyday man that the internet shouldn't be open to middlemen waiting for their payout.
Fights like net neutrality and privacy are won by strength in numbers. But anyone who has read anything recently about the Federal government knows that when it wants something, a collective effort is needed to change its mind.
Whenever you bring something unpopular to a large stage, more attention gets paid to it, which can quickly turn into a trending back-and-forth of uneducated arguments that somehow all end with shots at each other's moms. Hopefully, with the option for encrypted messaging available within mainstream apps, there will be more people willing to fight for their privacy.
We'll need every able body and mind that we can get.