Twitter CEO Elon Musk said on Tuesday that the platform will soon add voice and video calls in addition to encrypted messaging — a long-awaited feature. The platform also announced new direct message features. A series of actions that appear to be part of Musk’s plan to turn Twitter into a “super app”.
- last to update from Twitter allows users to reply directly to any selected Direct Message in a conversation rather than the most recent one—a similar feature to replies built into Apple’s iMessage—and to reply to a direct message with any emoji.
- Musk said Twitter will also add voice and video chat functionality, a feature he didn’t specify a timeline for except that it would be “soon.”
- Since taking over the platform last year, Musk has been talking about turning the platform into a “super app,” like WeChat in China or Kakao in South Korea.
Musk’s description indicates that Twitter will use end-to-end encryption for its direct messages, which will prevent anyone at Twitter or even government agencies from viewing these messages without access to the user’s device. Services like Signal, iMessage, WhatsApp, and Messenger currently use end-to-end encryption. It is not yet known if Twitter plans to enable this service by default or allow users to opt-in. Also, it remains to be seen if the encryption will be limited to individual direct messages or if it will also include group chats.
Tuesday’s announcements are the latest in a series of additions and changes that Twitter has implemented recently as the platform seeks to attract more users. Last month, Twitter Blue subscribers got access to 10,000 tweet characters, special text formatting options, and monetization features for content creators. Musk has been working to make Twitter an attractive platform for content creators, and on Tuesday the platform won its biggest client in former Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who will now host his own talk show. Prime time information on the social platform. Musk explained that Carlson did not have a direct agreement with Twitter, but that like other users, he would have the possibility to monetize his content by creating a paid subscription system. One of Musk’s big promises to content creators that has yet to materialize is that Twitter will share its ad revenue with them. The Twitter CEO said the company is still working on the software required for the feature.
Translated article from the American magazine Forbes – Author: Siladitya Ray
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