Twitter seems to be engaged on bringing end-to-end encryption (E2EE) for direct messages. The social media platform had beforehand examined out this characteristic in 2018, nonetheless, it by no means made the ultimate minimize. Twitter has skilled a tumultuous time beneath the brand new management of Elon Musk who fired half of the corporate’s 7,000-plus workers in a bid to make Twitter “far more engineering-driven.” It’s unclear when E2EE might be launched as the corporate’s present focus seems to lie on the relaunch of Twitter Blue on November 29.
Researcher Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) noticed a line of code within the Twitter for Android app that may point out that E2EE for direct messages is within the works. Notably, Elon Musk has replied to the unique tweet by Wong with a winking emoji seemingly confirming that this characteristic is in improvement.
Twitter is bringing again end-to-end encrypted DMs
Seeing indicators of the characteristic being labored on in Twitter for Android: https://t.co/YtOPHH3ntD pic.twitter.com/5VODYt3ChK
— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) November 16, 2022
Musk had beforehand championed the thought of Twitter providing E2EE for messages. The social media platform was testing a ‘secret dialog’ characteristic again in 2018, as per a previous report. Wong had claimed that Twitter was engaged on choices for displaying customers a tutorial about encrypted messaging and beginning a Secret dialog. As well as, there was stated to be an choice to view the encryption of each events for verifying a safe connection.
There is no such thing as a official date set for the arrival of the E2EE characteristic as Twitter seems to give attention to the relaunch of Twitter Blue. The subscription service brings alterations to the platform’s blue verify verification. The characteristic had initially allowed customers to vary their account identify after buying the verification that result in a number of faux accounts impersonating high-profile personalities and corporations. The ensuing commotion on the platform forced Twitter to revive the ‘official’ label in the intervening time.
In accordance with a current report, Twitter workers have been publicly important of Musk for his management. He has additionally seemingly doubled down asking Twitter workers to click on on a hyperlink confirming that “you wish to be a part of the brand new Twitter” by Thursday night. Outliers will reportedly be requested to take a severance package deal of three months’ pay whereas the remaining should decide to “working lengthy hours at excessive depth.”
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