Elon Musk wants us to use Twitter private messages more, so he will encrypt them end-to-end on the iPhone

We already have several days of fuss and true chaos on Twitter, with Elon Musk turning all the company’s plans upside down and making changes virtually on the fly (Or, at least, it seems). One of those changes that has been recently detected directly affects the private messages of the service, more popularly known as DMs (direct messages).

Apparently the service would be preparing for encrypt those end-to-end messagesthus raising privacy and security to the level of WhatsApp or iMessage. In a way, we could qualify Twitter DMs as a secure messaging client.

Twitter can be another messaging client

The developer Jane Manchun has been the first to notice this, posting on Twitter a portion of the source code that she has located in the client of the service for Android. In that source code we have a message that mention that encryption when right now it’s not present on Twitter, which means it would be preparing.

We have more suspicions when Elon Musk himself respond to that same tweet with a winkassuming that we will indeed have end-to-end encryption in the future:

Point-to-point encryption will ensure that no intermediary can read our messages, although it would make it more difficult to sync those messages between devices. Maybe there’s some layer of extra complication when, for example, we want to check the DMs from the web and not from our iPhone.

At the moment I prefer not to bet on any release date for this function. These are very turbulent days for Twitter, with Musk making drastic decisions on an almost daily basis. He will have to wait, whether weeks or months, to see if the encryption arrives in any update.

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Elon Musk wants us to use Twitter private messages more, so he will encrypt them end-to-end on the iPhone