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Twitter will add encrypted voice and video calls

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Twitter is developing new interaction formats between users, including encrypted voice and video calls, as reported to company employees at a meeting organized by its owner, Elon Musk.

Since the arrival of the also founder of Tesla to the Board of Directors of Twitter, the information related to the new characteristics that it has raised has not ceased. Among them, the encryption of direct messages.

Reverse engineering expert Jane Manchun Wong noticed signs of the development of this function recently in the platform’s code, which would have resumed encrypted messages after abandoning the development of Secret Conversation, predecessor of this option and that it did not go beyond some tests carried out in 2018.

This feature is being developed within the framework of Twitter 2.0, a project that Musk has presented this Monday at the headquarters of the social network located in San Francisco (United States) and that also integrates the ability to make encrypted voice and video calls.

“We want to allow users to communicate without worrying about their privacy, without worrying about a data breach on Twitter causing everyone to your direct messages reach the web or think that maybe someone on Twitter could be spying on their messages,” Musk commented at this meeting, as The Verge has learned.

The billionaire also suggested that this exposure of confidential information “has happened several times before” and, according to this medium, they would have taken place in 2018, when the company acknowledged that certain users had accessed an unknown number of conversations between companies and customers.

At this meeting, the owner of Twitter also chose the operating system for Signal, the encrypted messaging app that is run as a non-profit organization.

In this sense, Musk assured that he had exposed his intentions to implement encrypted messages on Twitter to its creator, Moxie Marlinspike, who had shown “potentially willing to help” with the development and deployment of this feature.

This predisposition is due to the fact that, before founding Signal, Marlinspike worked at Twitter, precisely trying to introduce encrypted direct messages “several years ago, but was denied.”

On the other hand, the CEO of Twitter assured his employees that he also plans to integrate into the social network “the ability to do voice chat and video via direct message”.

Currently, Signal requires phone number sharing to start using it, something Twitter would try to tweak so that users “don’t have to give anyone your phone number” when making calls, according to Musk.

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