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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

    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:























    William Teach

    Somewhere in North Carolina

    P.S.'s not base64......

  4. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge


    "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

    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


    > 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? 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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