The CEO of SpaceX and Tesla and the new owner of microblogging and social networking giant Twitter seem to be very impressed by the encrypted instant messaging service Signal.
Elon Musk recently acquired Twitter for a whopping $44 billion (US$ 54.20 per share in cash) and is now exercising his power to make some ground-breaking new tweaks to the microblogging platform.
Now, reportedly, the Tesla owner wants to add E2EE (end-to-end encryption to the Direct Messages (DM) feature of Twitter. Musk believes it is important to adopt E2EE like Signal to prevent spying or hacking of users’ messages on Twitter.
“Twitter DMs should have end-to-end encryption like Signal, so no one can spy on or hack your messages,” Musk tweeted.
The deal with Musk will be closed in the next six months and Twitter will then become a privately held company. Musk stated that the lack of E2EE for Twitter DMs had remained a concern for the Electronic Frontier Foundation/EFF for undermining user safety/privacy because Twitter itself can access it and hand it over to government/law enforcement agencies.
“Because they are not end-to-end encrypted, Twitter itself has access to them. That means Twitter can hand them over in response to law enforcement requests, they can be leaked, and malicious hackers can abuse internal access and Twitter employees themselves (as has happened in the past),” EFF said.
For your information, the Signal app and its encryption level is also endorsed by ex-NSA spy Edward Snowden. However, he is not a big fan of Telegram, an instant messaging service.
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Elon Musk Wants to Uphold Free Speech
Elon Musk has become a free speech advocate soon after acquiring Twitter. Musk stated recently that free speech is the “bedrock of a functioning democracy,” and considers Twitter as cyberspace’s hub for discussing the future of humanity.
Musk further stated that he wanted Twitter to become better and enrich the platform with exemplary new features such as making its algorithms open-source to improve users’ trust, authenticating human users, and defeating spambots.
Edit Button To be Added to Twitter?
Elon Musk also believes that Twitter should offer an Edit button and aims to implement it soon. The change will likely impact all users soon. Let’s see what the final implementation looks like once it is added to Twitter.