Elon Musk, Twitter’s new CEO, has previously talked about improving direct messaging. He has detailed what’s coming to Twitter’s DMs during a recent meeting.
Twitter 2.0 was the topic of Monday’s meeting at the company’s San Francisco headquarters, according to a recording obtained by The Verge. Musk told Twitter employees that encrypted direct messages will include voice and video chats.
We want to enable users to be able to communicate without being concerned about their privacy, [or] without being concerned about a data breach at Twitter causing all of their DMs to hit the web, or think that maybe someone at Twitter could be spying on their DMs. That’s obviously not going to be cool and it has happened a few times before.
DMs need to be safer, according to Musk. The internet exposed an undisclosed number of DMs between customers and businesses in 2018. The US government also charged a former Twitter employee with improperly accessing Saudi Arabian user data. These DMs remain unclear.
If a gun is pointed at my head, I should not be able to view anyone’s DMs.
Twitter has previously worked on encryption for direct messages. As part of his Twitter 2.0 vision, Musk says encryption should be a top priority.
Signal’s owner is now “potentially willing to help out” with Twitter’s DM encryption, which he praised for its secure messaging app.
Ironically, Moxie Marlinspike worked at Twitter and actually wanted to do encrypted DMs several years ago, [but] was denied that and then went and created Signal,