Musk claims that the developer of Signal is interested in assisting in the creation of a system in which “I can’t peek at anyone’s DMs if someone has placed a gun to my head.”
According to a recording of the meeting obtained by The sources, Musk told employees at Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters on Monday that the company would encrypt DMs and work to add encrypted video and voice calling between accounts, framed by presentation slides titled “Twitter 2. 0.” “If someone has a gun to my head, I shouldn’t be able to look at anyone’s DMs.”
“If there’s a gun to my head, I shouldn’t be able to peek at anyone’s DMs,” he told colleagues on Monday. He stated that he spoke with its founder, Moxie Marlinspike, who is now “possibly willing to assist out” with encrypting Twitter direct messages.
“Ironically, Moxie Marlinspike worked at Twitter and actually wanted to do encrypted DMs several years ago, [but] was denied,” Musk said. Musk continued, “We also want to be able to do voice and video chat via DMs.”
” He acknowledged that Signal requires the exchange of a phone number in order to start a thread and that, thanks to its account system, Twitter can facilitate secure calling “so that you don’t have to give someone your phone number.” Signal has stated since 2020 that it is working to transition away from relying on phone numbers, though this capability has yet to be implemented.