Twitter starts working on end-to-end encryption for Direct Messages

Twitter is working on end-to-end encryption for direct messages sent over the social network, according to app researcher Jane Manchun Wong.

“Twitter is bringing back end-to-end encrypted DMs Seeing signs of the feature being worked on in Twitter for Android,” wrote Wong in a tweet.

A picture of the code strings highlighting references to encryption keys was attached to Wong's post.

Twitter CEO Elon Musk later replied to Wong's tweet with a winking face emoji – a heavy hint that the feature is indeed in development.

For the unaware, end-to-end encryption ensures messages and conversations between users stay between them. No one, not even the messaging platform or other third-party platforms can access the end-to-end encrypted messages.

Interestingly, end-to-end encryption for Twitter has been in the works since 2018. The platform was then working on a feature called “secret conversations” but it never showed up. This also made Twitter an unsafe place for direct conversations.

Before taking over Twitter, Elon Musk had a strong emphasis on privacy and security for users. This included encrypted message platforms like Signal. Now as the CEO of Twitter, Musk is bringing in several changes, and end-to-end encryption could be one of the good changes coming to the platform soon.

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