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Don’t trust Twitter’s encrypted DMs – Elon Musk

Don't trust Twitter's encrypted DMs - Elon Musk

FILE - Tesla CEO Elon Musk speaks before unveiling the Model Y at Tesla's design studio in Hawthorne, Calif., March 14, 2019. Musk's legal team is demanding to hear from a whistleblowing former Twitter executive who could help bolster Musk's case for backing out of a $44 billion deal to buy the social media company. Twitter's former security chief Peiter Zatko received a subpoena on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022, from Musk's team, according to Zatko's lawyer and court records. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

Twitter CEO Elon Musk announced the launch of encrypted direct messaging on the social media network on Thursday, something he had previously stated the company was working on.

“Early version of encrypted direct messages just launched. Try it, but don’t trust it yet,” Musk tweeted.

Musk said on Tuesday that the microblogging site will soon include phone and video calls, as well as DM (direct message) answers to messages in a thread.

There are certain limitations to Twitter’s encrypted communications capability.

For example, the encryption option is opt-in and not enabled by default. Furthermore, it is only available to verified users, which implies that you must be a verified business on Twitter, a government official, or a Twitter Blue subscription to access it.

Encrypted direct messages are the newest addition to the internet billionaire’s list of restructuring ideas for the microblogging network, and they follow Twitter’s announcement to remove dormant accounts from the platform.

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