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New Features on Twitter: Elon Musk

Users will need to update their Twitter app to the latest version to access these new features.

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DM replies, Emoji reactions, Encrypted DM 1.0, Voice and video chat, Musk vision to turn Twitter into an everything app.

Elon Musk announced new features coming to the Twitter app, including support for DM replies, the ability to react with emojis, encrypted DM 1.0 for more secure messaging, and voice and video chat. Here are all the details you need to know.

Twitter is one of the most popular social media platforms in the world, with over 300 million active users. The platform is known for its short and snappy tweets, which allow users to share their thoughts, opinions, news, and memes with their followers and the public.

However, Twitter is not just a place for tweeting. It also has a direct messaging (DM) feature, which lets users have private conversations with other users. DMs can be one-on-one or group chats, and they can include text, images, videos, GIFs, stickers, and audio messages.

But Twitter’s DM feature has been lagging behind other messaging apps in terms of functionality and security. For example, users cannot reply to a specific message in a DM conversation, they can only react with a heart emoji, and they cannot make voice or video calls. Moreover, DMs are not encrypted, which means that Twitter or third parties could potentially access or intercept them.

That’s why Twitter CEO Elon Musk has announced a bunch of new features coming to the Twitter app that will enhance the DM experience for users. These features include:

DM replies: Users will be able to reply to any specific message in a DM conversation, instead of the most recent one. This will make it easier to follow and participate in multiple threads of discussion within a chat.

Emoji reactions: Users will be able to react to any message in a DM conversation with any emoji of their choice. This will add more expressiveness and fun to the chats.

Encrypted DM 1.0: Users will have the option to enable end-to-end encryption for their DMs, which will prevent anyone from reading or listening to their messages except the intended recipients. This will provide more privacy and security for users who want to communicate sensitive or personal information.

Voice and video chat: Users will be able to make voice and video calls with other users within the Twitter app. This will allow users to have more engaging and interactive conversations with their friends, family, or contacts.

Musk said that these features are part of his vision to turn Twitter into an “everything app”, like WeChat in China or Kakao in South Korea. He said that Twitter will also add support for long-form tweets, payments, and monetization for content creators in the future.

These features are expected to roll out gradually over the next few weeks or months. Users will need to update their Twitter app to the latest version to access them.