Facebook Messenger's new feature that has been on Whatsapp for months

Facebook Messenger is finally adding a new feature, that will give user’s messages a little more privacy.

The new feature has been on Facebook-owned Whatsapp for some months.

From today, Thursday, July 23, Messenger fans who have an iPhone will be able to ‘lock’ their chats behind an added layer of security.

It means that if your phone is unlocked the Messenger app cannot be opened without a fingerprint or Face ID facial recognition.

The feature is called App Lock as is optional so you don’t have to use it if you don’t want to, the Express reports.

App Lock is a pretty simple concept that uses your device’s privacy settings like fingerprint or face authentication to unlock the Messenger app.

Speaking about the change, Facebook said: “Privacy is at the heart of Messenger – where you can be yourself with the people who matter most to you, whether that’s through a message, video chat, call or a Messenger Room. Today, we’re announcing new privacy and security features that give you more control.”

Facebook says that the new feature is available today on iPhone and iPad and will come to Android in the next few months.

If you want to add the extra security you can find this feature in the new Privacy settings section of Messenger.

This updated Privacy section should make it easier to access settings and features like the audience for your stories, muted stories and blocked people. App Lock and the Privacy section now let you tailor your experience and choose settings that work best for you.

“We’re always working to give you more control over your privacy, so as we introduce more privacy features, you’ll have this centralized place to find them,” added the social network.

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