Twitter owner, Elon Musk, has unveiled upcoming features that will be introduced to the platform, such as the addition of calls and encrypted messaging.
The introduction of the call feature will bring Twitter in line with other social media applications like Facebook and Instagram, which already offer similar functionalities.
Musk confirmed that a version of encrypted direct messages (DMs) will be available on Twitter, starting from Wednesday, May 10. However, it remains unclear whether calls will also be encrypted.
In a tweet on Wednesday morning, Musk stated, “With the latest version of the app, you can DM reply to any message in the thread (not just the most recent) and use any emoji reaction. The release of encrypted DMs V1.0 should happen tomorrow. This will progressively advance in sophistication. The acid test is that I could not see your DMs even if there was a gun to my head. Coming soon will be voice and video chat from your handle to anyone on this platform, so you can talk to people anywhere in the world without giving them your phone number.”
In addition to these new features, Twitter announced this week that it will commence a cleansing process by removing and archiving accounts that have remained inactive for several years.