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Twitter has rolled out some quality of life updates for direct messages on the platform, and CEO Elon Musk reckons the site is to start encrypting DMs, beginning today, without providing proof that's the case. In a tweet last night, Twitter Support announced that a couple of well-trodden DM features from other platforms were …

  1. sarusa Silver badge
    FAIL

    The Best Encryption

    I'm sure the E2EE is the best ROT13 Elmo can manage. And of course even if it's encrypted it'll be decryptable at Twitter HQ (or even stored unencrypted), because Elmo would not be able to stand not being able to read people's personal messages if he wanted to. It's my company, damn it! And they're all plotting against me, I need to be able to see their lies!

    1. yetanotheraoc Silver badge

      Re: The Best Encryption

      with the "acid test" being that "I could not see your DMs even if there was a gun to my head."

      So, not tested then.

      1. Excused Boots Bronze badge

        Re: The Best Encryption

        Although it would be an interesting proof of concept.

        I mean, is this some kind of challenge?

      2. Blazde Silver badge

        Re: The Best Encryption

        On the contrary. Just yesterday he held an unloaded gun to his own head, looked around the room for a full 20 seconds and couldn't see your DM anywhere.

  2. Hubert Cumberdale Silver badge

    Since a week or two ago when Twitter stopped letting me search without logging in, I've decided I just don't care any more (not that I cared that much before).

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    The Best Encryption.....Is Private Encryption......

    Dear Elon:

    y32DCpGxmvgVeDihgD8Jqz0369yzo5c3qfKTSjclMBQNSBQ9ANuPsri5oxSJODQpqp4JsREDEN6B

    afQ30bqHeFKn8vsTIfQDif6Z490dS1WPY3ORy3MXQhW7OnKNAzAREJWZmZIxkPanMpY3eDqhM7yp

    C5kHgd6BYp2tYDSbuvSzAXcnM1ebwFgx0pMRYBOvQHOloD2X8pkVafOjyLsbsxiroDUXIVSnmBEf

    85c9qT6HuNSbKPu5ULC187S3cnMbA54r0jI9SLq56v8rm3iHOJWdwLGdcn85EhG9WvGHCnyxahkJ

    gB0XgLGf6pgl4hWzm1wdgpoTyFGpwNY1aJuValAXaH2NyliNMza54Z0N2lgXap2NK9knA1iv0zOj

    qdeBkhiTWHcXIlQD8l0VGlYR6Lu5orYDCZgJGryRibm5gDUrahsHwzcZOXctoZoNY14tq7u9GJgH

    e1MFshsZqXALkhoDm10VefEZ4fOvmnOxmVSNqzsLQpYnOVgbmlsdAZsZqDC5MfYd2bGVuVqPSDcD

    OPkNQjutGnYfGRCDCjyjI3mfSL6tE94BGlul4POBYNkNijqDMdEv47EnqhI9SL8LYn8BqbIzSHSp

    choJQfgl27knePi5GRSxKz6TGrwNoT0d25oloVkVYNWbAJkhGJQpi1iFizwFERUR4RMv2Z2nSps9

    wbAvgbYXaPeRsPoT8JWDoNMrSvoNmb0ncDoFg9Y3U3GZYVed0Xwz4nw161iTmv2fSvejq9KVkNqd

    sRkNY1UhufmLEjkbovojGNU9KpKbO5MLyTGzG1IPORwHujM3MpGr8VIlY1eXmhAzeTU1u1QTCv0N

    KHQbanyR6V4LKxuv4tUj2TMbwjClazE9QdEN25sdkZSlCxCR2xmb69G7APQzWL6luZQvUf4tw9G7

    SxO3ylC3uriB6JGfsJ8HOhUx2vm7cHm1mTylYdgpeBiribaRIl85epynatQveHuPOZqhixkv0BEz

    uDOfsXODWlMVEp8PedUtsDYrEPafYzKxoZcpYXyr4nQpERWJCNsRylILCHyBQvClkpY1CfMLOJKl

    AfanOH0z8x65MbeP2vCHGDYNGloHo9G3Q3AZm1WbEheRSNYbyx4n6TgBgjM3cJg1w1oZohSd2HOp

    MXU1e3a5qPkpqjCleHU9uRSd8BQBqxE7ujcbaRKR4BUpUneJ4dGdmZ8XCN2Hu7ODCpWxC1iL83W7

    EH4B8bwbSr8Fsj8hWvKrIDwFWBOLSJUx23uDyPWdKrKxcdEn0xyhm36rw5Qnq9I3QdmvkByt8nS3

    cPU3uZuBuxWJod45yhGTQrA5Cd2fULcBMZ43yNmRiheZs9ujYpm16b4VYP4bAtcrMruf0DSRQFep

    uzo9ofEFArGzwz6h8LwXQVmBsDEJk7WdoJatUlUfQHC1W1qlYRgNYLqtSrwp0robGraFIR85WBwN

    KlCBGJktORAJ63GtMP6j0ZKJideFG7qTuzwzuniRiDqPgHY7kjqFaZ0DadO54jkx0vQb4fq7q7YF

    S30joX65ofyHU3cHUfaLyPa1mdaVIPGlaBstG3uF

    Sincerely:

    William Teach

    Somewhere in North Carolina

    P.S. No....it's not base64......

  4. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge
    Coat

    Emoji

    "with a wider range of emojis than ever before."

    Why would anyone want a wider range of emoji? Twitter seem to manage perfectly well with just the one - the poop emoji.

  5. RobThBay

    Video chat... how retro

    "adding voice and video chat so you can talk to people anywhere in the world without giving them your phone number"

    Blackberry's BBM on BB10 did all this about 14 years ago.

    1. Zippy´s Sausage Factory

      Re: Video chat... how retro

      It's like MySpace - we never really realised how good the things were that we had until we lost them.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Trust Melon Suks encryption?

    Fat chance.

  7. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge
    Mushroom

    Musk says

    "FSD is here"

    "E2EE is here"

    "Starship is ready" (icon)

    1. CowHorseFrog Silver badge

      Re: Musk says

      Starship will never fly and will be abandoned. Anyone willing too take bets it wont fly and land by 2030 ? Musk will get bored of investing resources and will abandon it. The next one will also destroy half its pad.

      1. Boolian

        Re: Musk says

        Best to redefine that bet before everyone takes your money. A Starship has already flown and landed a few times.

        A Starship c/w Booster, not so much.

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Private DMs

    Like tunnelling.

    Sounds boring.

    1. Zippy´s Sausage Factory

      Re: Private DMs

      I see what you did there.

  9. notyetanotherid

    Signal

    > it's a clear attempt to lure users from platforms like Signal, which offer encrypted communications by default, but require a phone number that's publicly visible and used to contact others.

    It is probably worth mentioning that "phone number privacy" is coming to Signal, slated for release later this year....

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: Signal....and phone numbers.....

      Quote: "....a phone number that's publicly visible....."

      Yup......mine's a burner......what's yours?

      ....but then again, Signal is a single point of failure for personal privacy. How so? Well....do you know for sure that the Signal E2EE has not been broken (or subverted) by a three-letter (or four-letter) agency? Same goes for any transport using E2EE across the interweb!!!

      Personally, I quite like our private encryption scheme....using Gmail for transport!!!

  10. Not Yb Bronze badge

    The Purpose

    To get people to stop asking for encrypted DMs with the minimum viable product, and then not do anything because there's no money for real development.

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