Elon Musk announced on Twitter that the social media platform will soon be launching a new feature that will allow users to have encrypted direct messages (DMs) and video chat with others on the platform.
Encrypted direct messages
Twitter currently offers direct messaging, but the messages are not encrypted, meaning they can potentially be intercepted or read by third parties. With the introduction of encrypted DMs, users will have the added security and privacy of knowing that their messages are only accessible by the intended recipient.
Video chat feature
The new video chat feature will allow users to have face-to-face conversations with others on the platform. Musk has not yet provided details on how the video chat feature will work or when it will be launched, but it’s likely to compete with existing video chat services like Zoom and Skype.
Implications for user privacy
The announcement of encrypted DMs and video chat on Twitter is a significant move towards improving user privacy on the platform. Twitter has faced criticism in the past for its handling of user data and privacy concerns, so this move could help to rebuild trust with users.
The addition of encrypted DMs and video chat on Twitter is a welcome development for users who value privacy and security, notes NIX Solutions. It remains to be seen how the features will be received by the wider Twitter community, but it’s clear that Elon Musk and Twitter are committed to improving the platform’s functionality and user experience.