Twitter began building a direct messaging function encrypted in its Android application, according to a computer student who explored the code. Jane Manchun Wong reviewed the Twitter application code for Android and saw the feature.
Other applications such as WhatsApp, Telegram and Signal already provide users with encrypted media. If Twitter added secret conversations, their direct messages could serve as a convenient alternative for secure rivals outside the platform.
Since the function was found in the unpublished code of the application, it is unknown when, if ever, the function will be put into operation. . Twitter reports on direct encrypted messages emerged in 2013, but the company left the function without an explanation in early 2014. It declined to comment on why at that time, but the signs pointed to its overwhelming list of tasks.