Twitter is toying with encrypted direct messaging on the Android app

Twitter has an unlaunched ‘Secret’ encrypted messages feature		
		
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Unfortunately this has resulted in apps and services raising the ire of several governments. With Facebook, Google, WhatsApp, and Signal all offering various forms of encrypted messaging, Twitter has been sagging solo but the inclusion of this new feature might change the scenario.

Now we know the company took the advice seriously, though its plans for implementing the privacy tool remain unclear. If you don't remember, back in 2016, Edward Snowden requested this feature to Twitter CEO. However based on this discovery, it seems that Twitter could now be actually actively doing something about it. Direct messages that are encrypted also appear to have the "Secret Conversation" logo on top of the thread.

Whether you're a whistleblower, a citizen journalist with sensitive information, or just someone who values their privacy when messaging folks on Twitter, it'd certainly be nice to see the platform updated with this feature.

Some smartphone owners won't use messaging services that don't offer end-to-end encryption, which has helped services like Telegram become so popular. Deleting the secret messages is permanent, she said.

The encrypted communication would only apply to direct messages, so this doesn't mean users can publish encrypted tweets. Although Twitter does not have other functions that Whatsapp has, it still has numerous same features.

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The secret conversation function could also lead to Twitter launching a stand-alone messaging app which would operate independently from the main app.

Jane Manchun Wong found this feature in Twitter for Android APK.

One of the recent examples is the ban on Telegram in Russian Federation and also the departure of WhatsApp founder Jan Koum from Facebook over encryption in the app.

After a terse response of "Reasonable and something we'll think about", the company went quiet on the subject.

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