Twitter Inc announced that users subscribing to its Blue verification feature will be given early access to its encrypted messaging service. This news comes as the latest development in the social media platform’s ongoing efforts to enhance its direct messaging system, ensuring more security and privacy for its users.
Say goodbye to prying eyes and hello to secure conversations. We're giving early access to Encrypted Direct Messages v1 to our verified users.
We're excited to get feedback, improve the experience, and roll it out to even more users. Learn more: https://t.co/xl5Juz1pyy
— Twitter (@Twitter) May 11, 2023
Twitter, now owned and operated by Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, stated that the new encrypted messaging service is available to verified users who have installed the latest version of the app. This move comes as part of Musk’s dedication to fostering a safer and more private platform for its users.
The Twitter Blue subscription, which is now the basis for verification on the platform, comes at a cost of $8 per month or $84 a year. This premium feature offers users a range of enhanced functions, most notable of which is now the encrypted messaging service.
In line with this, Musk conveyed his vision for the Direct Messages (DM) feature of Twitter, stating that privacy should be so paramount that even under extreme circumstances, such as a threat, the company should not be able to access the messages.
“As Elon Musk said, when it comes to Direct Messages, the standard should be, if someone puts a gun to our heads, we still can’t access your messages,” the company reiterated in a blog post.
Although the company admitted that it hasn’t quite reached the stringent privacy standards set by Musk yet, it reassured its users that it is actively working towards achieving this goal. This marks a significant step in their ongoing commitment to user privacy and security, with the encrypted messaging service paving the way for future enhancements.