Twitter Stops Working on Way to Encrypt Direct Messages

Following the NSA scandal, Twitter wanted to encrypt DMs, but now paused the project

Twitter had reportedly been working on a project that would have made life difficult for anyone trying to snoop in on private messages sent by users, but it has apparently dropped the idea for now.

According to The Verge, Twitter has put this particular project on the back burner, which seems to be an odd decision for such a company.

Back in November, rumor had it that Twitter was working to encrypt direct messages sent between users to keep the NSA and other nosey agencies away from the private conversations of its users. To everyone’s confusion, however, it seems like the project was nixed earlier this year for unknown reasons.

Twitter, for its part, is one of the most vocal supporters of transparency and has been dubbed as one of the top companies that fight for users’ privacy even when receiving requests from government agencies, not fearing to go to court rather than reveal private information.

Twitter has been going through a period of small changes as it tries to please investors everywhere and show them that it can expand. Perhaps, with all that’s been going on, encrypting direct messages isn’t such a priority.

Of course, there’s also the fact that most Twitter conversations happen in plain sight.

Regardless, The Verge reports that things won’t change in the first half of the year, but it could, perhaps, be picked back up again later this year.

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