Twitter Working on End-to-End Encryption for Direct Messages

Twitter is working on end-to-end encryption for direct messages sent over the social network, according to app researcher Jane Manchun Wong.

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"Seeing signs of the feature being worked on in Twitter for Android," wrote Wong in a tweet, which was accompanied by code strings highlighting references to encryption keys.

Twitter CEO Elon Musk later replied to Wong's tweet with a winking face emoji – a heavy hint that the feature is indeed in development.

End-to-end encrypted DMs would put Twitter's messaging platform on the level of apps like Signal and WhatsApp, ensuring that a conversation between users is only ever seen by those sending the messages and not a surveilling third party.

Twitter began work on encryption for Twitter DMs back in 2018 under the moniker "secret conversations," but the feature never materialized. Musk has previously championed privacy-centric encrypted messaging platform Signal, suggesting he is making secure communications a priority for the service.


In related developments, Musk has said that Twitter's $8-per-month subscription plan will relaunch later than originally planned. Twitter Blue Verified will now return on November 29, "to make sure that it is rock solid," Musk announced via tweet late Tuesday.

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Top Rated Comments

Koni17 Avatar
20 months ago
I'm surprised Elon still has engineers there that want to work for him, his feuds with Twitter engineers regarding development he apparently doesn't understand, and the subsequent firings can't be good for employee morale.
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)
foobarbaz Avatar
20 months ago

Whilst i do believe you should be able to have a constructive argument with your boss, however heated, and not risk being fired. The outlet he chose to do this however, is where I think the sacking comes from. It was very unprofessional calling your boss out on Twitter, instead of going directly to the source and speaking with him about the issue, even if it's through a DM/Slack/Email.
Hmm. Who did really choose the outlet?

If Mr. Free Speech alleges facts in public, I would fully expect he'd welcome public disagreement, as well. Musk certainly isn't shy about sharing his unsolicited opinion and has publicly stated that cancelling people for voicing their opinion is wrong.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
haytherecharlie Avatar
20 months ago
For all the insanity that’s been going on in the media, I really feel like Twitter will get better over the coming months / years. Elon is 100% an ego maniac, but he will bring back Vine (which could actually compete with TikTok) he will simplify and clean up the infrastructure and then be able to use one of the largest databases of human nonsense to train his AIs.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Deedeekay Avatar
20 months ago
i TruST It COMplEtEly!!1 eL0N iz geeNUs??!!1
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
laptech Avatar
20 months ago

Hmm. Who did really choose the outlet?

If Mr. Free Speech alleges facts in public, I would fully expect he'd welcome public disagreement, as well. Musk certainly isn't shy about sharing his unsolicited opinion and has publicly stated that cancelling people for voicing their opinion is wrong.
This is the problem with 'Do as I say, not as I do ' bosses such as Elon Musk who will air his concerns in public but if any of his employee's were to follow his example, nope, they get fired. He never set's a good example towards his employees.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
WiiDSmoker Avatar
20 months ago
Regardless of whatever the hell is happening with the takeover, end to end encryption is a good thing.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)