Twitter’s new owner, Elon Musk, has been public about his desire to improve how the social network’s direct messages work. Today, he explained what this looks like in a meeting with employees.

Framed by slides from a presentation titled “Twitter 2.0” at Twitter’s San Fransisco headquarters on Monday, Musk Informed employees that the company would encrypt DMs and work to add Encrypted video and voice calling According to a recording made at the meeting, there were accounts between them The Verge.

“We want to enable users to be able to communicate without being concerned about their privacy, [or] 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. “That’s obviously not going to be cool and it has happened a few times before.”

Musk This is what it’s all about DMs Being exposed before. 2018 Twitter warned An undisclosed number DMs between businesses and For more than a full year, outsiders had been able to access their customers. Then, earlier this year, the US government charged an ex-employee with improperly accessing user data on behalf of Saudi Arabia, though it’s unclear how DMs were or weren’t used.

“It should be the case that I can’t look at anyone’s DMs if somebody has put a gun to my head.”

Over the years, Twitter It has been launched and Then, he halted building encrypted DMs Many times. Now? Musk He is determined to make encryption a top priority in his vision. calling 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 his employees Monday.

“Ironically, Moxie Marlinspike worked at Twitter and actually wanted to do encrypted DMs several years ago, [but] was denied that and then went and created Signal,” Musk said. (For those who are curious, The Wall Street Journal has a writeup from 2015 detailing Marlinspike’s time at Twitter.)

Musk He continued to state that “we also want to have the ability to do voice and video chat via DMs.” He admitted that Signal requires the sharing a number in order to create a thread. and Thanks to its account system, it is possible to: Twitter Can facilitate secure calling “so that you don’t have to give someone your phone number.” Signal has said since 2020 It also stated that it is working to get rid of the dependence on phone numbers, although it has not yet implemented that capability.

I would like to ask Twitter Comment on what Musk said about encrypting DMs but the company doesn’t have a communications department anymore.