Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla and Twitter’s new proprietor, on Thursday referred to as on including assist for end-to-end encryption (E2EE) to the platform’s direct messages (DM) characteristic.
“Twitter DMs should have end to end encryption like Signal, so no one can spy on or hack your messages,” Musk stated in a tweet.
The assertion comes days after the microblogging service introduced it formally entered into an settlement to be acquired by an entity wholly owned by Elon Musk, with the transaction valued at roughly US$ 44 billion, or US$ 54.20 per share in money.
The deal, which is anticipated to be closed over the following six months, will see it changing into a privately held firm.
“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 stated in an announcement.
“I also want to make Twitter better than ever by enhancing the product with new features, making the algorithms open-source to increase trust, defeating the spam bots, and authenticating all humans.”
The continued lack of end-to-end encryption for Twitter direct messages has been a degree of concern, with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) noting the way it may undermine consumer privacy and security.
“Because they are not end-to-end encrypted, Twitter itself has access to them,” the EFF stated. “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).”
Meta, which has been steadily adopting E2EE throughout its companies with plans to finish the rollout someday by subsequent 12 months, reiterated that privacy is a basic human proper and that “safe and secure messaging is more important than ever.”
A two-year report from Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) commissioned by the tech big and launched this month discovered that “expanding end-to-end encryption enables the realization of a diverse range of human rights and recommended a range of integrity and safety measures to address unintended adverse human rights.”
The impartial human rights impression evaluation additionally highlighted the dangers arising as a consequence of improved privacy protections, together with facilitating little one exploitation, distribution of kid sexual abuse materials (CSAM), and spreading hate speech.
“Yet, the impacts of E2EE go far beyond such a simplistic ‘privacy versus security’ or ‘privacy versus safety’ framing,” the social media behemoth stated in response to the findings.