Twitter launches encrypted private messages – Elon Musk

According to the news, Twitter has launched an encrypted messaging service on Wednesday, May 11, 2023. This means that direct messages sent on Twitter will be end-to-end encrypted – this means private messages can only be read by the sender and the recipient. The owner of Twitter, Elon Musk, tweeted that he would not be able to see users’ messages “even if there was a gun to my head”. He also tweeted about other new intended features for the platform, including voice and video calls.

This is a significant change for Twitter, which has been criticized for its lack of privacy protection for its users. However, this move could also face some challenges from the UK government, which wants such messages to be accessible if requested by law enforcement as part of the Online Safety Bill.

What are the benefits on encrypted messages?

Encrypted messaging has many benefits, especially for privacy and security. Some of the benefits are that it:

  • Protects user privacy by preventing anyone from snooping on your conversations, such as hackers, advertisers, or governments.
  • Helps maintain data integrity by ensuring that your messages are not tampered with or altered in transit¹.
  • Makes exchanges of sensitive data possible by allowing you to share personal, financial, or business information without fear of exposure or theft.
  • Helps protect business reputation by avoiding data breaches, leaks, or scandals that could damage your brand or trustworthiness.
  • Ensures security in remote or hybrid work settings by enabling secure communication and collaboration among employees, clients, and partners.