Social media platform Twitter has an unannounced feature that would allow its users to send ‘encrypted’ Direct Messages (DMs) to other Twitter users. The interesting part about this feature is that its already buried inside the Twitter app for Android. According to a report by TechCrunch, a Twitter user Jane Manchun Wong was the first to spot the feature in the APK (Android application package) file for Twitter.
Considering that Twitter is one of the primary sources for news and communication between journalists and other potential news sources, an end-to-end encrypted messaging option on the service would not be a bad idea. This will ensure that users don’t have to switch to a separate encrypted app such as Telegram, Signal or WhatsApp.
Twitter has not issued any official statement about the feature including any estimates on how long before it launches this feature for the public. As pointed out in the report, this comes almost two years after Edward Snowden asked Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey about such a feature. The screenshots showcasing the feature point out that users can view both, their own and their partners’ encryption keys to verify if the connection is secure.
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Twitter is not the first communication platform to include an end-to-end encryption solution. But the inclusion of this feature with a focus on the data privacy of its users will strengthen Twitter’s position in the circles that require this level of security and privacy. This comes days after Twitter informed all its users to change their passwords because of an internal bug.