Elon Musk has outlined his plans for ‘Twitter 2.0’, which includes adding video chat, voice calls and encrypted direct messages to the platform, The Verge reported, citing a leaked recording of an-hands meeting.
In order to fulfil his vision for the social media site, Musk has appointed the services of messaging app, Signal’s founder, Moxie Marlinspike.
Musk reportedly gave a slide presentation entitled ‘Twitter 2.0’, showcasing the proposed changes.
Under the suggested plans, DMs would be encrypted, meaning the text could only be read by participants, as is the case on platforms like WhatsApp, Telegram, and Signal.
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“We want to enable users to be able to communicate without being concerned about their privacy,” Musk said, citing potential data breaches which could leak messages, or employees spying on users.
In August, an ex-Twitter employee was found guilty of spying after passing on Twitter users’ information to Saudi Arabia, after receiving a fee of $300,000 to do so.
Musk said: “It should be the case that I can’t look at anyone’s DMs if somebody has a gun to my head.”
The Tesla founder also added that he wanted to allow voice and video chat via DMs, a feature which is already available on Facebook and WhatsApp.
He explained how he had a desire for Twitter to allow secure calls without having to give a phone number, a popular concept among tech circles.
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