Elon Musk bats for user-safety on Twitter with encrypted DMs, video & voice chats


Billionaire Elon Musk had made his desire to revamp Twitter public even before officially acquiring it. The SpaceX chief on various occasions has made it clear that he will work towards improving the way direct messages function on the platform.

According to a report in
The Verge, Elon Musk may encrypt DMs and add encrypted video and voice calling between accounts. This was revealed in presentation slides ‘Twitter 2.0’ that was presented at the company’s headquarters in San Francisco.
The Verge had accessed a recording of the meeting.

“We want to enable users to be able to communicate without being concerned about their privacy, [or] without being concerned about a data breach at Twitter causing all of their DMs to hit the web, or think that maybe someone at Twitter could be spying on their DMs,” Musk was quoted as saying by the publication.

In the past there have been instances when DMs were exposed. Sometime in 2018, the microblogging platform had warned that DMs between businesses and their customers had been accessible to outsiders for over a year.
Twitter has on several occasions begun working on building encrypted DMs, however, the project was paused mid-way. However, with Musk on board, now it seems encrypting DMs seems to be high on his priority list to make Twitter a safe space for all.

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Reportedly, the 51-year-old billionaire also praised Signal which is an encrypted chat app that is operated as a non-profit organisation. Musk during his meeting said that he spoke to Signal creator Moxie Marlinspike who is willing to help out Twitter with encrypting DMs.

Musk has been vocal about making Twitter a safe space right from the start of his acquisition bid. After officially acquiring Twitter on October 27, Musk introduced some sweeping changes including laying off nearly half of the staff, introducing Twitter Blue with USD 8 monthly subscription, and cracking down on fake accounts and bots.



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