Messaging on Twitter is about to get a whole lot more private.
According to the company’s CEO and overlord, Elon Musk, Twitter is rolling out “version 1.0” of encrypted direct messaging on Thursday.
This means that no one should be able to read the direct messages you send and receive on the platform unless they have your user ID. As Musk said, “The litmus test is that I couldn’t see your DMs even though there was a gun to my head.” Musk also said encrypted direct messaging “will rapidly gain in sophistication.”
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Encrypted messaging is the de facto standard today, with major messaging platforms such as WhatsApp, Viber, Messenger, Telegram and Signal all offering some form of end-to-end encryption for messaging.
In March, Musk said encrypted messages are arrive at the end of the month(opens in a new tab)but his deadlines are still a bit long, and the fact that he laid off the majority of the company’s employees probably doesn’t help.
Musk also highlighted a new feature that’s already live: users can now use any emoji reaction (instead of just a few) on direct messages, and they can also reply with a direct message to anyone. any message in the thread (beyond the most recent message). ).
Finally, the CEO said the ability to voice and video chat with anyone on the platform is coming “soon”.
These new and upcoming options follow many new features Twitter has added over the past two months, although many of them, including the ability to edit tweets and write longer tweets, will not are only available to Twitter Blue subscribers. Musk didn’t say whether the upcoming features will be available to everyone or just Twitter Blue followers.