Twitter will soon allow calls, encrypted messaging, says CEO Elon Musk

The move comes as Musk seeks to increase engagement

Twitter CEO Elon Musk on Tuesday detailed new features on the platform, including incoming calls and encrypted messaging.

Elon Musk, CEO of popular micro-blogging platform Twitter, has announced new features that will be added to the social media platform, including encrypted messaging and the ability to make calls.

“With the latest version of the app, you can reply to any message in a thread (not just the most recent) and use any emoji reaction. Encrypted DMs V1.0 should be released tomorrow. It will rapidly grow in sophistication,” Elon Musk tweeted.

“The sharp test is that I couldn’t see your DM even though I had a gun to my head. Soon your handle will be voice and video chat with anyone on this platform, so you can talk to people anywhere in the world without giving out your phone number.”

Musk previously announced plans for “Twitter 2.0 the everything app”, which would include long-form tweets, payments and encrypted direct messaging.

The new features will allow users to make voice and video calls to anyone on the platform without sharing their phone number. This brings Twitter in line with other social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram, which offer similar features.

Musk also announced that an encrypted version of the direct message would be available on Twitter starting Wednesday. However, it is not clear whether the calls will also be encrypted or not.

In addition to the new features, Twitter has also announced plans to remove and archive inactive accounts that haven’t been used for years. This is part of an effort to keep the platform clean and updated.

The move comes as Musk seeks to increase engagement and money-making opportunities on the online platform he bought last year for $44 billion. “We’re purging accounts that haven’t had any activity in years, so you’ll probably see a drop in follower counts,” Musk said in a tweet.

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