Twitter is making several major changes to the direction of messages and is expected to introduce encrypted DMs on Wednesday, according to tweets Tuesday night from the company and owner Elon Musk.
Perhaps the bigger change is encrypted DMs, which Musk said was a priority for Twitter at an employee meeting in November. Musk says that the version 1.0 release of the feature “should happen” on Wednesday, and he promises that it will “grow in sophistication” at a rapid pace. “The acid test is that I can’t see your DMs even with a gun to my head,” he said.
That being said, I don’t believe encrypted DMs are here until they are here; Musk said in February that the platform had begun sharing ad revenue with creators, but admitted Tuesday that the company was still working on the software to actually do that.
Additionally, Musk said that sometime “soon,” Twitter will let you do “voice and video chat from your handle with anyone on this platform.” The idea, according to Musk, is that you can use Twitter to “talk to people anywhere in the world without giving them your phone number.” Musk also shared this feature with employees in November.