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Twitter 'testing' secret encryted messaging service

Twitter 'testing' secret encryted messaging service

Twitter may launch a tool that allows users to send secret messages to one another. At this point it remains unclear when Twitter will unveil this feature publicly.

However it looks like this encryption feature could exist separate of the regular messaging feature, meaning that it is more for users who think that they might need such protection and privacy, rather than make it available by default to all users. If you don't remember, back in 2016, Edward Snowden requested this feature to Twitter CEO.

In the photos posted by Wong, it shows a header titled "Encryption settings", followed by a series of options. Deleting the secret messages is permanent, she said.

Clicking on that tab opens up a separate window titled "Secret conversation".

The screenshot shared reveals an option to educate you about encrypted conversations, a "Secret" tag when the mode is on, as well as ability to view encryption keys.

By introducing end-to-end encryption, the messages would be completely unintelligible to Twitter or anyone else who does not possess the decryption keys.

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Twitter can additionally get up the leg on WhatsApp when it Facebook commences to dig to those conversations. Similarly, Signal and Telegram have implemented the encryption for their platforms.

'We fixed the bug and have no indication of a breach or misuse by anyone. Although Twitter does not have other functions that Whatsapp has, it still has numerous same features.

This way, the system can validate your credentials, but no one at the company can see that information, the firm explains.

End-to-end encrypted messages are secured with a lock and only the sender and recipient have the special key needed to unlock and read them. This also makes it easier for people to contact members of the media, conduct private business matters or simply flirt around with people users meet on Twitter.

It should be noted that Twitter now transmits direct messages in plain text. Whatsapp's co-founder Jan Koum recently left the company because of possible "differences in approach" regarding Facebook's ad targeting and encryption plans.


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