Twitter CEO Elon Musk has been open about his desire to improve the microblogging platform, and it appears that he is taking a step in that direction.
According to The Verge, Musk spelled out exactly what that looks like in a meeting with employees on Tuesday at Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters.
According to a meeting recording obtained by The Verge, Musk told employees that the company would encrypt DMs and work on adding encrypted video and voice calling between accounts.
According to the outlet, Musk stated, “We want to enable users to communicate without being concerned about their privacy, [or] being concerned about a data breach at Twitter causing all of their DMs to hit the web, or thinking that maybe someone at Twitter could be spying on their DMs.” That’s obviously not cool, and it’s happened before.”
The world’s richest man went on to say that “we also want to be able to do voice and video chat via DMs.”
In 2018, Twitter warned that an unspecified number of direct messages (DMs) between businesses and their customers had been accessible to outsiders for more than a year.
In addition, the US government charged an ex-employee earlier this year with improperly accessing user data on behalf of Saudi Arabia.
According to reports, it’s unclear how DMs were or were not used.