Mehul Robin DasNov 22, 2022 17:53:57 IST
One of Elon Musk’s goals with Twitter is to add a whole bunch of specialized features that would make sense for people to actually buy a subscription and pay for those features. He has also announced that he has big plans for how DMing will work on the platform.
Two weeks ago, leaked notes and memos revealed that Musk and his team had planned to improve the way direct messages on Twitter and Facebook worked Put it behind a firewall. In a recent meeting with all of Twitter’s remaining employees, Musk shed some light on how he plans to improve the DM experience on the platform.
Musk told employees that the company will encrypt DMs and work to add encrypted video and audio calls between accounts. “We want to enable users to be able to communicate without worrying about their privacy, without worrying about a data breach at Twitter causing all their direct messages to go to the web, or thinking that maybe someone on Twitter is spying on their DMs,” Musk said.
Over the years, Twitter has started and then paused the creation of encrypted DMs several times. But Musk is now determined to put encryption as a top priority of the vision he calls Twitter 2.0. “It must be the case that I can’t look at anyone’s DMs if someone puts a gun to my head,” he told employees at the meeting Monday.
He praised Signal, an encrypted chat app that operates as a non-profit. He said he has spoken with its creator, Moxie Marlinspike, who is now “willing to help” with Twitter’s SMS encryption. He also said that years ago, Twitter lost Moxie Marlinspike who, ironically, worked at Twitter and actually wanted to do crypto DMs several years ago, but was denied the opportunity to do so.
Musk went on to say that he also wants users to have The ability to conduct audio and video conversations via direct messages.
What remains unclear is whether these features will be a Part of Twitter Blue for $8which, thanks to Musk, also allows users to get “paid verification,” or whether it will be part of a different subscription package.