Twitter has announced the introduction of encrypted direct messages, allowing users to communicate without their messages being stored on the platform.
However, there’s a catch – this feature is exclusively available to paying members, including verified users, organizations, or their affiliates. Both the sender and recipient must be subscribed to Twitter Blue, priced at a minimum of $8 per month, to access encrypted DMs.
At present, encrypted messages are limited to one-to-one conversations and do not support group chats. It’s important to note that these messages are not protected from “man-in-the-middle attacks.” Twitter retains the ability to compromise conversations through compulsory legal processes, without the knowledge of either party.
While the messages and links themselves are encrypted, certain metadata such as recipient, creation time, and linked content remain unencrypted.
It is hoped that this is not the final iteration of encrypted DMs on Twitter, as users may be reluctant to pay $8 per month for a feature that is freely available on other platforms like WhatsApp, Messenger, and Signal.
Following his acquisition of Twitter and subsequent appointment as CEO, Elon Musk has expressed his intention to step down from his position.
Speaking at the World Government Summit in Dubai via video link, Musk stated the need to “stabilize the organization” and ensure its financial stability. Once this objective is accomplished, he plans to hand over the reins to another individual to lead the company forward.
While Elon Musk has previously discussed the possibility of stepping down from his role as CEO, new reports suggest that he is actively seeking a successor for the position at Twitter.
Sources have indicated that the transition is likely to take place later this year. Meanwhile, Musk’s reduced involvement in Tesla has raised concerns among some investors in the electric car company.