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After WhatsApp, Twitter now working on 'Secret' encrypted messaging feature

After WhatsApp, Twitter now working on 'Secret' encrypted messaging feature

Manchun Wong told Sky News that she thought it would be hard for Twitter to implement the encrypted messages in its desktop app, so this innovation could well be confined to mobile devices. Unfortunately this has resulted in apps and services raising the ire of several governments.

Deletion of discussions carried out using the Twitter secret conversation feature would also be permanent - giving Twitter a much-needed advantage over competitor Facebook when it comes to protecting their customers' privacy. This isn't the first time that Twitter has been approached about creating such a feature. It's been about more than a year when Edward Snowden pressed Twitter to add an end-to-end encryption to it's direct messaging. WhatsApp, the messaging application provider has provided end to end encryption and ensures that the company will not have access to the communication.

This feature could be useful for those people willing to send sensitive information via Twitter but are forced to use the likes of Signal to do it.

So far, Twitter has yet to confirm whether it's working on an end-to-end encrypted messaging feature.

A tab labeled "Start a secret text message" is followed by a series of filler text after it that says "Education on what an encrypted conversation is".

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Wong first revealed her discovery in a tweet Thursday, saying: "Twitter is working on End-to-End Encrypted Secret DM!" and posting a screenshot of the feature.

But the name "Secret Conversation" has us anxious that Twitter's implementation will follow a similar route to Facebook, which has offered an encrypted option in Messenger for a while now. A spokesperson for the company has declined to comment.

Twitter is also urging users to change their password on any other sites where they may have used the same login details, and to enable two-factor authentication to make accounts more secure.

According to reports, WhatsApp co-founder and CEO Jan Koum reportedly quit Last week "after clashing with its parent, Facebook, over the popular messaging service's strategy and Facebook's attempts to use its personal data and weaken its encryption".


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