Twitter adds new DM features, and Musk claims encryption is here, starting today

Updated Twitter has rolled out some quality of life updates for direct messages on the platform, and CEO Elon Musk reckons the site is to start encrypting DMs, beginning today, without providing proof that’s the case.

In a tweet last night, Twitter Support announced that a couple of well-trodden DM features from other platforms were being added to Twitter. Namely, the ability to directly reply to a specific message, à la Apple’s iMessage, and a new expandable menu of message reactions will allow responses “with a wider range of emojis than ever before.” 

We’re unsure if Twitter engineers simply forgot that any and all emojis were usable in DMs before coding in an alternative to the emoji keyboard available on most modern devices

“We are already working on improving these features – web support and better rendering for replies to media messages,” Twitter Support said.

As for encrypted DMs on Twitter, Musk said in a tweet prior to the Support account’s announcement last night that “release of encrypted DMs V1.0 should happen tomorrow.” The Twitter-owning billionaire said his platform’s DM encryption would “grow in sophistication rapidly,” with the “acid test” being that “I could not see your DMs even if there was a gun to my head.” 

That suggests Twitter is aiming for secure end-to-end encryption for direct messages.

Musk added that Twitter would also be adding voice and video chat “so you can talk to people anywhere in the world without giving them your phone

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