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Twitter is testing secret, encrypted direct messaging

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Twitter is testing end-to-end encrypted direct messaging.
Twitter is testing end-to-end encrypted direct messaging.

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With the proliferation of secure messaging apps out there, Twitter is set to join in on the action.

The company is seemingly testing end-to-end encrypted direct messaging in the Android version of its app, as spotted by computer science student Jane Manchun Wong on Twitter.

The feature, dubbed “Secret conversation,” will apparently be available in the conversation info section of the app, when direct messaging. Users can also view encryption keys of themselves and a recipient.

End-to-end encryption ensures that messages can only be read between the sender and the recipient, and not by the company whose platform you’re using, or anyone who may try and intercept the message.

As noted by TechCrunch, the feature comes more than a year after Edward Snowden asked Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey for secret, encrypted messaging on the platform, something Dorsey said they’d “think about.”

Twitter’s long been a place where journalists have had a strong presence, so the new feature could help whistleblowers stay on the platform and not need to take discussions to more secure, encrypted messaging apps like Signal and Wickr.

In response to a report on the new feature, Dorsey replied with a whisper emoji. A Twitter spokesperson however, declined to comment when contacted by Mashable.

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