Elon Musk told Twitter employees on Monday that he wants to add secure video and voice calling and direct messaging to the social media platform, according to a leaked transcript of the meeting. Obtained by The Verge.
At the company’s headquarters in San Francisco, Musk gave a presentation with a slide titled “Twitter 2.0.” He first used the term last Wednesday when he emailed employees an ultimatum to either work “very hard” or fire them.
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Elon Musk’s plans to update his Twitter account, including secure communications. Therefore the DM should be encrypted. As is the case with platforms such as WhatsApp, Telegram and Signal, the text was only readable by the participants.
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“We want our users to be able to communicate without worrying about their privacy, [or] worrying that a data breach on Twitter will leak all their DMs, or believing that someone on Twitter can spy on them. We want to make it possible. Of course, it’s never going to be cool. It happened several times.”
Musk is correct that the DM was revealed beforehand. In 2018, Twitter warned that an outsider had access to an undisclosed number of DMs between the company and its customers over his year-plus. And earlier this year, the U.S. government accused a former employee of unauthorized access to user data on behalf of Saudi Arabia, though it is unclear how or if the DM was used.
“If someone has a gun pointed at my head, I should not be able to see someone’s DMs,” Musk said.
Voice and Video Chat Via DM
He also added that he would like to allow voice and video chat via DM, a feature already available on Facebook and WhatsApp.
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Musk explained how Twitter allows secure calls without revealing phone numbers, like Signal does.
Replacing phone numbers with more identifiable account usernames is a popular idea in the tech world. Musk reiterated last week that Twitter founder Jack Dorsey supports such a concept.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 15, 2022
It’s unclear if encrypted calls and messages will be offered to all users, or only as part of the $8/month Twitter Blue subscription.
The planned feature could also be linked to Musk’s idea to create “X, all apps.” The world’s richest man bought the domain name ‘X.com’ more than five years ago and talks about creating a ‘super app’ to rival his WeChat in China.
I would have asked Twitter to comment on what Musk said about DM encryption, but the company no longer has a communication Department.
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