Twitter is toying with encrypted direct messaging on the Android app

by Sophie Craig May 10, 2018, 12:15
Twitter is toying with encrypted direct messaging on the Android app

As users seek more security, end-to-end encryption has become a new mandate for messaging apps. So it makes more sense for the company to make a secret conversation feature.

With this feature, Twitter is expected to roll out options about encrypted messaging like starting a secret conversation and viewing both sides of the conversation for encryption keys to verify a secure connection, TechCrunch reported on Monday.

The hidden feature was reportedly first discovered by Jane Manchun Wong inside the Twitter for Android application package (APK), where tech companies typically store the code for upcoming app features that are still being developed or tested.

Deletion of discussions carried out using the Twitter secret conversation feature would also be permanent - giving Twitter a much-needed advantage over competitor Facebook when it comes to protecting their customers' privacy.

Twitter isn't the first social media company to introduce end-to-end encryption for its messages.

Twitter has a "secret conversation" feature built into its app, but it has not yet been launched.

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Seemingly inspired by an exchange between Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and whistleblower Edward Snowden in 2016.

The encrypted communication would only apply to direct messages, so this doesn't mean users can publish encrypted tweets.

DMs on Twitter are now transmitted in plain text, which mean that they are visible to everyone who has access to them on Twitter's network.

Is end-to-end encryption on Twitter important for you?

Now we know the company took the advice seriously, though its plans for implementing the privacy tool remain unclear. Currently, you send regular text messages privately to one another, but this new mode is on another level.

Meanwhile, Facebook-owned WhatsApp, which has long had encryption features on the app, has been caught up controversy after its co-founder Jan Koum exited the firm.


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