Twitter's New Owner Elon Musk Wants DMs to be End-to-End Encrypted like Signal


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Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla and Twitter's new owner, on Thursday called on adding support for end-to-end encryption (E2EE) to the platform's direct messages (DM) feature.
"Twitter DMs should have end to end encryption like Signal, so no one can spy on or hack your messages," Musk said in a tweet.
"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," Musk said in a statement.
The continued lack of end-to-end encryption for Twitter direct messages has been a point of concern, with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) noting how it could undermine user privacy and safety.
"Because they are not end-to-end encrypted, Twitter itself has access to them," the EFF said. "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)."