Elon Musk talked about the future of Twitter, talking about the evolution of current features and presenting future services. The common watchword: encryption everywhere.
The Twitter 2.0 imagined by Elon Musk will be encrypted, or it won’t be. In any case, the new owner of the company has several projects in this direction. We already knew his intention to add the encryption of private messages (DM) on the social network. Now, there is also talk of offering calls and video on the site, all with a layer of encryption.
Private messages, video and calls: it will be with encryption
These prospects were confirmed by the interested party, during a presentation on Twitter 2.0, of which The Verge brought back the gasoline, thanks to a recording on the spot. This presentation took place on November 21 in San Francisco and put Elon Musk at the center of the announcements. On the other hand, the deadline for launching these different functionalities is uncertain.
” We want to allow members to communicate without worrying about their privacy, [ou] without worrying about a data breach at Twitter causing all of their private messages to be leaked to the web, or without worrying that someone at Twitter might be spying on their private conversations “, explained the American billionaire.
On a technical level, end-to-end encryption – which is the solution that Elon Musk wants to push – consists of mobilizing mathematical operations to hide the content of messages in sequences of unreadable characters. It’s an increasingly popular option: WhatsApp and Signal have it by default. Messenger and Telegram offer it as an option.
In this way, the confidentiality and integrity of the exchanges are ensured — without the key to open the messages, it is impossible to decrypt them. In any case, if the encryption protocol is solid and well implemented. It is also very difficult, if not impossible, to break the encryption without the key. And if encryption does not protect against everything, it greatly reduces the risks.
Typically, end-to-end encryption on Twitter would prevent third parties — including Twitter — from reading private messages. If the social network infrastructure were hacked, a data leak would also have no consequences at this level. This would be a significant improvement in terms of security, especially since Twitter has been the victim of such incidents in the past.