With Elon Musk at Twitter’s helm after the $44 billion takeover final month, many points of the favored social community are at present being modified. There are additionally some older Twitter parts that could be introduced again, together with Vine. Nonetheless, it appears one other vital characteristic may very well be coming again quickly to Twitter – end-to-end encryption on direct messages.
A brand new tweet by Twitter person Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) who has precisely predicted Twitter options forward of their official announcement suggests the identical. “Twitter is bringing again end-to-end encrypted DMs Seeing indicators of the characteristic being labored on in Twitter for Android,” Wong stated. Quickly after Wong’s tweet, new Twitter CEO Elon Musk replied to the tweet with a ‘wink’ emoji, hinting on the characteristic truly being beneath growth again at Twitter.
Twitter is bringing again end-to-end encrypted DMs
Seeing indicators of the characteristic being labored on in Twitter for Android: https://t.co/YtOPHH3ntD pic.twitter.com/5VODYt3ChK
— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) November 16, 2022
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 16, 2022
Finish-to-end (E2E) encryption, permits messages between any two events conversing on the platform to be utterly encrypted and safe, out there to solely the sender and the receiver, with even the platform itself unable to intercept the messages. Encryption in Twitter’s DMs or Direct Messages would enable the platform to additionally double up as a safe, instantaneous messaging resolution akin to fashionable apps like WhatsApp and Telegram.
Whereas Twitter would supply the additional benefit of additionally being the micro-blogging vacation spot it has been for years, rivals like WhatsApp and Telegram are far forward by way of communication options, supporting encrypted group chats, voice and video calls and plenty of different options.
Twitter had beforehand labored on bringing encryption to Twitter DMs again in 2018 as per a subsequent tweet by Wong. Nonetheless, the venture was later deserted. Musk himself has additionally been a vocal advocate of messaging app Sign, one other fashionable communication app that comes with numerous safety and privacy-oriented options together with end-to-end encrypted messages. It stays to be seen if Twitter may also be selecting up extra one-on-one communication-oriented options sooner or later.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) January 7, 2021
Whereas Sign will not be as feature-rich as a lot of its rivals, the app has its devoted person base of privacy-conscious customers, a lot of whom additionally migrated to the app throughout the WhatsApp Privateness Coverage controversy in 2021.