Twitter Inc (TWTR) Working On New Encrypted Messages Feature

Unfortunately this has resulted in apps and services raising the ire of several governments.

The unreleased secret conversation option was discovered by Jane Manchun Wong, who posted screenshots on Twitter soon after.

Since the internet privacy is the hottest topic out there, it is a good move by the company to adopt more privacy oriented features. Some even go a step further by introducing end to end encryption and message destruction so that traces of the conversation can not be snooped or traced after it dies.

TechCrunch has reached out to Twitter for an official information about this feature. Facebook-owned WhatsApp already provides end-to-end encryption. But it shows a small notification, which says Secret Conversation.

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Twitter is testing a "Secret" messaging feature that will protect users' private messages with end-to-end encryption.

By introducing end-to-end encryption, the messages would be completely unintelligible to Twitter or anyone else who does not possess the decryption keys. Although Twitter does not have other functions that Whatsapp has, it still has numerous same features. With the feature hidden inside Twitter's Android application package (APK), it seems that the company has gone from merely thinking about it to developing it in a relatively short span of time. Instant messaging app WhatsApp also uses "end-to-end encryption" while this can be opted into Messenger, as well. So it makes more sense for the company to make a secret conversation feature.

Last week, WhatsApp co-founder and CEO Jan Koum quit reportedly "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".

After a terse response of "Reasonable and something we'll think about", the company went quiet on the subject.

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