Messaging apps and services these days are placing an emphasis on security and privacy where they’re including end-to-end encryption to protect the contents of messages being sent and received. Unfortunately this has resulted in apps and services raising the ire of several governments.
Oddly enough despite the competition offering such features, Twitter’s messaging feature isn’t encrypted, but the good news is that could change in the near future. Initially discovered by Jane Manchun Wong (via TechCrunch), it appears that Twitter could be working on a “Secret” messaging feature that basically encrypts your messages.
Twitter is working on End-to-End Encrypted Secret DM! pic.twitter.com/2lLr5i1p42
— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) May 4, 2018
However it looks like this encryption feature could exist separate of the regular messaging feature, meaning that it is more for users who think that they might need such protection and privacy, rather than make it available by default to all users. This isn’t the first time that Twitter has been approached about creating such a feature.
A couple of years ago Edward Snowden proposed such an idea to Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey, in which Dorsey responded by saying that this is something they’ll think about. However based on this discovery, it seems that Twitter could now be actually actively doing something about it. When exactly it will be rolled out to users remains to be seen, but we’ll keep our eyes peeled for more info.