May 24, 2018

Twitter is working on 'Secret' encrypted messages feature

10 May 2018, 12:14 | Clyde Nash

Twitter is working on 'Secret' encrypted messages feature

Twitter may be tinkering with encrypted direct messages

Developer Jane Manchun Wong spotted the code and shared what she found on Twitter saying, "Twitter is workin on End-to-End Encrypted Secret DM!"

A recent discovery in the official Twitter app for Android suggests that it will soon support encrypted direct messages.

At the moment, it is unclear when or if the feature will be rolled out.

MICROBLOGGING WEBSITE Twitter is testing an encrypted Direct Messages feature in a bid to make it a more secure place to carry out sensitive comms.

The feature isn't active inside a public Twitter release just yet, and Twitter won't confirm that it even exists, TechCrunch reports.

Clicking on that tab opens up a separate window titled "Secret conversation".

Manchun Wong's screenshots show that Secret Conversations would allow users to exchange encrypted messages, view their own encryption key and that of their chat partner, and learn more about encryption.

The company appears to be trialing end-to-end encryption for private messages.

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Some smartphone owners won't use messaging services that don't offer end-to-end encryption, which has helped services like Telegram become so popular.

With the proliferation of secure messaging apps out there, Twitter is set to join in on the action.

'We fixed the bug and have no indication of a breach or misuse by anyone.

In the last week of April, Twitter posted its second consecutive quarterly profit as it added more users and reaped the benefit of streaming video.

This way, the system can validate your credentials, but no one at the company can see that information, the firm explains.

End-to-end encryption is a way of encoding messages, enabling only the authorised users, the person sending and the person receiving the message to read it.

Twitter admitted a bug allowed for passwords to be stored in plain text in an internal log.

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