Twitter will soon allow you to make calls and send encrypted messaging, Elon Musk says
Some thought Elon Musk was out of his mind when he acquired Twitter in 2022 for a staggering amount of $44 billion. Last year, Musk announced his plans to create “Twitter 2.0 The Everything App.”
It now appears that Musk has a much bigger plan for the popular social platform and potentially turns it into a super-app behemoth where people not only get their news but also make calls similar to China’s WeChat with various features that include encrypted direct messages (DMs), extended tweets, and payment options.
Late Tuesday, Elon Musk revealed Twitter could launch new features that include encrypted direct messages to boost communication features on the social platform. The new features will include modifications to direct messages (DMs), which are private messages sent between users.
“With latest version of app, you can DM reply to any message in the thread (not just most recent) and use any emoji reaction. Release of encrypted DMs V1.0 should happen tomorrow. This will grow in sophistication rapidly.”
With latest version of app, you can DM reply to any message in the thread (not just most recent) and use any emoji reaction.
Release of encrypted DMs V1.0 should happen tomorrow. This will grow in sophistication rapidly. The acid test is that I could not see your DMs even if…
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 9, 2023
Musk added that users now have the ability to respond to any message within a DM conversation, not just the most recent one. Additionally, users can now react to a message using any emoji, unlike before when only specific emojis were available for reactions.
“Coming soon will be voice and video chat from your handle to anyone on this platform, so you can talk to people anywhere in the world without giving them your phone number,” Musk said in a tweet on Tuesday.
Message encryption ensures that only the sender and recipient have access to the content of the message. This implies that in practice, Twitter and Musk would not have the ability to view or intercept direct messages exchanged between individuals.
“The acid test is that I could not see your DMs even if there was a gun to my head,” Musk tweeted.