ELON Musk reportedly has big plans for Twitter such as video chats, voice calls and encrypted DMs.
The news comes from a leaked recording of a meeting with employees at the company’s headquarters in San Francisco, California.
The recording, obtained by The Verge, revealed some of Musk’s plans for a potential update to the social media platform, including secure communication.
The plan is to create encrypted DMs, meaning the texts would only be read by the participants – a feature included on platforms such as WhatsApp, Telegram and Signal.
The Tesla CEO said that he had spoken with the creator of Signal, Moxie Marlinspike, a former Twitter employee, who is “potentially willing to help out” with the encryption.
“We want to enable users to be able to communicate without being concerned about their privacy,” said Musk, mentioning possible data breaches that could leak messages.
An ex-employee was found guilty in August of spying after sharing Twitter users’ information with Saudi Arabia after being paid $300,000.
“It should be the case that I can’t look at anyone’s DMs if somebody has a gun to my head,” said Musk.
He added that he also wanted to allow voice and video chat through DMs, which are available on WhatsApp and Facebook.
He explained the possibility of Twitter allowing secure calls without having to share your phone number.
However, it’s unknown if the encrypted calls would be available to all users or would be part of the $8 monthly Twitter Blue subscription.
PLACE TO BEE
Meanwhile, Twitter’s rival app Hive has reached over one million users as many are turning their backs on Musk.
While the new hardcore Twitter environment has many users running in the opposite direction of the app, many have found a new chatty home with Hive Social.
This app, on mobile devices only, has finally cut to the top of the UK app store, according to Metro.
Similar to most social media platforms, Hive allows users to like and repost content from others, as well as follow and unfollow accounts.
Kassandra Pop, or Raluca, one of the app’s founders, created the platform in 2019.
She was “tired of the restrictions she faced on social platforms” where, due to the algorithms, she said that her posts “were not seen by many friends.”
Instead of creating Twitter with a different name, Hive is more focused on Gen-Z, combining the best of Twitter, MySpace, and Instagram.
It even allows a music feature available to each profile.
Founder Pop confirmed their 1million user count over the weekend 86% of which she said are outside of the United States.
What may appeal to those who have abandoned Twitter is an active stance against hate speech.
As a part of the community guidelines, “credible threats and hate speech” are not welcome in the coterie.
Their site states: “Hive prohibits its users to encourage violence or attack anyone based on their race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, disabilities, or diseases.”