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Musk wants Twitter video calls, encrypted chats – report

Gelo Gonzales
Musk wants Twitter video calls, encrypted chats – report

TWITTER ACQUISITION. Twitter logo and a photo of Elon Musk are displayed through magnifier in this illustration taken October 27, 2022

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Twitter CEO Elon Musk also says Signal creator Moxie Marlinspike is 'potentially willing to help out'

MANILA, Philippines – The Verge obtained an audio recording of an internal Twitter meeting, which included new owner Elon Musk. 

The meeting, which the site said took place on November 22, had Musk telling employees of his ideas for a “Twitter 2.0,” specifically its messaging features. Musk said he wants encrypted messaging, along with encrypted video chats and voice calling. 

“We want to enable users to be able to communicate without being concerned about their privacy, [or] without being concerned about a data breach at Twitter causing all of their DMs to hit the web, or think that maybe someone at Twitter could be spying on their DMs,” The Verge quoted Musk. 

The site recounted how in 2018, direct messages between businesses and their customers were revealed to have been exposed by third parties. 

Earlier this year in August, a former Twitter employee was also found to have given private information of Twitter users critical of Saudi Arabia to the kingdom. 

Musk also said that the founder of popular encrypted chat app Signal, Moxie Marlinspike, is also “potentially willing to help out” with encrypting Twitter messaging. 

Marlinspike was formerly a Twitter employee after her startup Whisper Systems had been acquired by Twitter in 2010. Marlinspike would leave in 2013 and found Open Whisper Systems, which would launch Signal in 2014. – Rappler.com

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Gelo Gonzales

Gelo Gonzales is Rappler’s technology editor. He covers consumer electronics, social media, emerging tech, and video games.