Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla and Twitter’s new owner wants Twitter DM’s to be end-to-end encrypted just like Signal.
Musk mentioned in a tweet, “Twitter DMs should have end to end encryption like Signal, so no one can spy on or hack your messages.”
This comes after Elon Musk acquired the microblogging service in a transaction worth around US$ 44 billion, or US$ 54.20 per share in cash. The deal will be closed in the next six months and will become a privately held company.
According to Musk, “Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated. I also want to make Twitter better than ever by enhancing the product with new features, making the algorithms open-source to increase trust, defeating the spambots, and authenticating all humans.”
Twitter does not have end-to-end encryption in place when it comes to direct messages. This is a cause of concern, even Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) mentioned how it could undermine user privacy and safety.
Talking about it EFF said, “Because they are not end-to-end encrypted, Twitter itself has access to them. That means Twitter can hand them over in response to law enforcement requests, they can be leaked, and internal access can be abused by malicious hackers and Twitter employees themselves (as has happened in the past).”
On the other hand, Meta has been regularly adopting E2EE across its services. By next year the company promises to complete the rollout. Meta emphasizes on privacy is a fundamental human right and that “safe and secure messaging is more important than ever.”
According to a two-year report by Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) commissioned by the tech giant and released this month mentioned, “expanding end-to-end encryption enables the realization of a diverse range of human rights and recommended a range of integrity and safety measures to address unintended adverse human rights.”
While the independent human rights impact assessment highlighted the risks arising as a consequence of improved privacy protections, this includes facilitating child exploitation, distribution of child sexual abuse material (CSAM), and spreading hate speech.
In response to the finding the social media giant said, “Yet, the impacts of E2EE go far beyond such a simplistic ‘privacy versus security’ or ‘privacy versus safety’ framing.”
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