Whisper it - encrypted direct messages might be coming to Twitter

Twitter is testing end-to-end encrypted direct messaging

Unfortunately this has resulted in apps and services raising the ire of several governments.

Many popular social media platforms have introduced encrypted messaging features, including Facebook, Google, WhatsApp and Signal. Now that more and more people are using Twitter's direct messaging feature, it's important we have it there, too. Implementing E2E encryption adds another layer of privacy when it comes to communicating with people on Twitter. However based on this discovery, it seems that Twitter could now be actually actively doing something about it. All messages sent through the secret conversation shall stay as secure and end to end encrypted.

Twitter may gain the upper hand on WhatsApp if Facebook starts to go through the conversations.

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In 2016, the "burn-after-reading-DMs" feature was something Edward Snowden asked Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to create.

So far, the "Secret Conversation" tool appears to still be in the early stages of development. Although Twitter does not have other functions that Whatsapp has, it still has numerous same features.

Jane Manchun Wong, a computer science student at the UMass Dartmouth, unearthed the feature in unactivated code when she was analysing the Android application package (APK) for Twitter. The company is working on encrypted direct messages that could make it a better lace to have sensitive communications. Launching more secure DMs could make Twitter the ultimate messaging platform. "We don't have a comment for now", company spokesperson Ian Plunkett told RT.com.

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Twitter admitted a bug allowed for passwords to be stored in plain text in an internal log.

Meanwhile, Facebook-owned WhatsApp, which has long had encryption features on the app, has been caught up controversy after its co-founder Jan Koum exited the firm. That time, Dorsey said it was a reasonable request and that they will "think about it".

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