Tesla Inc CEO Elon Musk on Wednesday said Twitter Inc should have end-to-end encryption for its direct messages to ensure security.
What Happened: The billionaire entrepreneur said Signal, a private messaging app that he backs, provides end-to-end encryption so that no one can spy on or hack the messages.
Unlike Signal and Meta Platforms Inc-owned messaging platform Whatsapp, Twitter’s direct messages are not end-to-end encrypted. Whatsapp introduced end-to-end encryption in 2016.
The free and open-source Signal is endorsed by former CIA agent and whistleblower Edward Snowden. The app focuses on privacy and claims it does not collect any data on its users.
Why it Matters: Musk is likely to make some key changes on the social media site he has taken over for $44 billion. The world's richest man has promised to return free speech on Twitter, a platform he said is "the bedrock of a functioning democracy." This is the first time he has talked about Twitter’s safety encryption in direct messages.
The feature prevents third parties from accessing data while it's transferred from one end system. Service providers or any third parties are unable to read the content of messages because they are encrypted on a user’s device and not by the site’s server.
By Rachit Vats
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