Twitter Testing Encrypted Direct Messages Feature Called Secret Conversation

Dubbed as the "Secret Conversation", this feature is expected to be made available in conversation info section seen in direct messaging of the Android-based Twitter app, Mashable reports. With Facebook, Google, WhatsApp, and Signal all offering various forms of encrypted messaging, Twitter has been sagging solo but the inclusion of this new feature might change the scenario.

The new feature was first discovered in Twitter's APK by Jane Manchun Wong, although Twitter is yet to officially confirm the feature.

Twitter has a "secret conversation" feature built into its app, but it has not yet been launched.

Users, including whistleblower Edward Snowden, have urged Twitter to roll out such a feature. So it makes more sense for the company to make a secret conversation feature.

In 2016, Snowden requested "burn-after-reading DMs, ' to which Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said the idea was 'reasonable and something we'll think about".

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Critics complain that Facebook's encrypted messaging feature is too hard to find and switch on, especially compared to it being WhatsApp's default setting.

A encrypted concept feature might help retain users on Twitter and off from different companies. It looks much like a regular direct message conversation, aside from a black bar across the top of the chat noting that it's a 'Secret conversation.' Encryption keys can also be used, according to the below screenshot. Encryption scrambles your messages in a way so only the person you send them to can read them. This also makes it easier for people to contact members of the media, conduct private business matters or simply flirt around with people users meet on Twitter.

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

Twitter could soon be the latest messaging app to displease intelligence agencies around the world as it prototypes an encrypted messaging option.


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