Twitter upgrades DM replies, Musk claims encrypted DMs launch Wednesday

Twitter is making some major changes to direct messages and expects to introduce encrypted DMs on Wednesday, according to Tuesday night tweets from the company and owner Elon Musk.

Perhaps the bigger change is encrypted DMs, which Musk said was a priority for Twitter during a meeting with employees in November. Musk says the release of version 1.0 of the feature “should happen” on Wednesday, promising it will “grow in sophistication” at a rapid pace. “The acid test is I couldn’t see your DMs even when there was a gun to my head,” he said.

That said, I don’t believe encrypted DMs are here until they actually are; Musk said in February that the platform will start sharing ad revenue with creators, but admitted on Tuesday that the company is still working on the software to actually do that.

Additionally, Musk said Twitter will someday “soon” let you “voice and video chat from your phone with anyone on this platform.” The idea, according to Musk, is that you can use Twitter to “talk to people anywhere in the world without giving them your phone number.” Musk had also shared this feature with employees in November.

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