Nothing seems to go smoothly at Twitter under Elon Musk’s chaotic watch. Although engineers have reportedly been blocked from deploying non-critical features and products, the company is working on a few new updates. One of them is trying to save Twitter’s blue tick disaster. Another project What appears to be underway is end-to-end encryption (E2EE) for direct messages within Twitter.
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Elon Musk has not directly confirmed the coding yet, but…
As observed by researcher Jin Manchun Wang, Twitter’s Android app contains code that suggests E2EE is on its way to sending direct messages. By responding to Wang’s tweet with a wink emoji, Musk may have hinted that E2EE is indeed being developed for direct messaging. Apparently, some news agencies have also tried to contact Elon Musk directly to confirm the news, but Musk has not yet responded.
Shortly after Musk made his official offer to buy Twitter in April, he wrote that “Twitter’s informational messages should be encrypted like a signal without end, so that no one can spy or hack your messages.” So E2EE coding is clearly a topic of interest to him. This isn’t the first time Twitter has looked to E2EE for direct messaging. The company tested encrypted messaging in 2018, but has never built the feature into its core software.
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