Why you can’t trust Twitter’s encrypted DMs

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After an unusually eventful few days, let’s check in on the current state of affairs at Twitter. A high-profile capitulation to the Turkish government and new CEO sparked a ton of chatter over the weekend. Meanwhile, a troubled introduction of encrypted messaging on the site has raised questions over when, if ever, the product can be said to be truly secure.


Start with encrypted messaging, where owner Elon Musk’s ready-fire-aim approach to product development has once again led to a chaotic feature rollout.

Last week, Twitter launched encrypted direct messages, a project the company has been exploring since at least 2018 and that Musk has been talking about since November. Encryption, which comes free on apps including WhatsApp,…

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