One of Elon Musk’s goals with Twitter is to add a whole bunch of niche features that make sense for people to buy a subscription and pay for. He had also announced significant plans on how DMing works on the platform.
A couple of weeks ago, leaked notes and memos revealed that Musk and his team had planned on improving how DMs function on Twitter and placing them behind a paywall. In the recent all-hands meeting with the remaining employees at Twitter, Musk shed some light on how he plans to improve the DM experience on the platform.
Musk told employees that the company would encrypt DMs and work to add encrypted video and voice calling between accounts. “We want to enable users to communicate without being concerned about their privacy, without being concerned about a data breach at Twitter causing all of their DMs to hit the web, or think that maybe someone at Twitter could be spying on their DMs,” Musk said.
Over the years, Twitter has kickstarted and then paused building encrypted DMs several times. But now Musk is set on rolling out encryption as a top priority for the vision he calls Twitter 2.0. “It should be the case that I can’t look at anyone’s DMs if somebody has put a gun to my head,” he told employees at the meeting on Monday.
He praised Signal, the encrypted chat app that runs as a non-profit. He said he had spoken with its creator, Moxie Marlinspike, who is now “potentially willing to help out” encrypting Twitter DMs. He also said that years ago, Twitter lost Moxie Marlinspike, who, ironically, worked at Twitter and wanted to do encrypted DMs several years ago but was denied a chance to do that.
Musk went on to say that he also wants users to have the ability to do voice and video chats via DMs.
What remains unclear is whether these features will be a part of a Twitter Blue for $8, which, thanks to Musk, also allows users to get “paid verification,” or if it will be a part of a different subscription package.