Twitter recently introduced encrypted direct messages, but only for users who pay for the $8 per-month Twitter Blue subscription for a “verified” account. Elon Musk has been advocating for Twitter DMs to support end-to-end encryption for over a year, and now that it has finally arrived, it comes with several limitations. The messages can only be sent between users who have paid for Twitter Blue subscriptions, and they cannot contain images, movies, or other attachments, nor can Twitter Blue subscribers send them to non-subscribers. In addition, Twitter will still be able to read the messages, which means they are not actually end-to-end encrypted.
Twitter has been toying with the idea of introducing encryption to prevent hackers, overbearing governments, or even Twitter itself from snooping on users’ private conversations since 2014, but the security feature had never seen the light of day before. Although the introduction of encrypted direct messages is a step in the right direction, it is not a feature that most Twitter users will find worth paying for. Other end-to-end encrypted messaging services like Signal are free and offer greater privacy and security for users.
As Elon Musk said, when it comes to Direct Messages, the standard should be that if someone puts a gun to their heads, they still can’t access users’ messages. However, Twitter is not quite there yet, but they are working on it. For now, Twitter Blue subscribers who pay for a “verified” account can use the encrypted direct messages feature, but it is not yet a true end-to-end encryption. Twitter will still be able to access users’ messages, which raises concerns about privacy and security.
In conclusion, Twitter’s introduction of encrypted direct messages is a positive development, but it comes with several limitations that make it less attractive to most users. The feature is only available to Twitter Blue subscribers who pay for a “verified” account, and it cannot contain images, movies, or other attachments. In addition, Twitter will still be able to access users’ messages, which means they are not truly end-to-end encrypted. While it is a step in the right direction, other messaging services like Signal offer greater privacy and security for users, without the need for a paid subscription.