As Facebook and WhatsApp face security concerns from all over the world, Twitter is reportedly working on a new ‘Secret’ encrypted messages feature that could make the microblogging site safer for sensitive communications. Dubbed as the ‘Secret Conversation’, this feature is expected to be made available in conversation info section seen in direct messaging of the Android-based Twitter app, Mashable reports.
With this feature, Twitter is also expected to roll out some new options related to encrypted messaging such as starting a secret conversation as well as viewing both sides of the conversation to search for encryption keys in order to verify a secure connection, reported TechCrunch.
As users seek more security on social media portals, end-to-end encryption has now become a new mandate for all messaging apps. This technology makes it difficult for snoopers who are looking to access or intercept messages that are exchanged between two parties.
On the other hand, the encrypted Direct Message option was first spotted in Twitter for APK which contains codes for all unreleased features which companies are testing. Instant messaging app WhatsApp also uses “end-to-end encryption” while this can be opted into Messenger, as well.
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For the unknown, end-to-end encrypted messages are secured through a lock and only the sender, as well as the recipient, have the special key which is needed to unlock and read them. While every message sent has its own unique lock and key for added protection, no one can intercept the communications with this feature.
According to reports, WhatsApp co-founder and CEO Jan Koum reportedly quit Last week “after clashing with its parent, Facebook, over the popular messaging service’s strategy and Facebook’s attempts to use its personal data and weaken its encryption”.