It’s no news that billionaire Elon Musk dislikes Meta-owned social networking platforms; after all, the Twitter CEO has previously openly promoted Signal, WhatsApp’s competitor messaging software.
So Musk’s jab at WhatsApp and questioning its trustworthiness was unsurprising.
Retweeting a microblogging platform post by a Twitter engineer in which the user uploaded a screenshot of WhatsApp using its microphone in the background while the person was sleeping.
“WhatsApp has been using the microphone in the background, while I was asleep, and since I woke up at 6AM (and that’s just a part of the timeline!) What’s going on?” the person tweeted, to which Musk responded, “WhatsApp cannot be trusted.”
The following day, Musk stated on Twitter that users can now send a DM reply to any message in the thread and use any emoji to react.
Aside from that, the CEO of Twitter announced that the social networking platform will soon offer encrypted direct communications.
“With the most recent app update, you can DM respond to any message in the thread (not just the most recent) and use any emoji reaction.”
The release of encrypted DMs V1.0 is scheduled for tomorrow. This will rapidly advance in sophistication. “The acid test is that even with a gun to my head, I couldn’t see your DMs,” the 51-year-old billionaire tweeted on Wednesday.
The SpaceX CEO also announced that Twitter would soon be rolling out voice and video chat features for platform handles, allowing users to make calls anywhere in the globe without handing out their phone numbers.
“Coming soon will be voice and video chat from your handle to anyone on this platform, so you can talk to people anywhere in the world without giving them your phone number,” Musk announced on Twitter.
The call feature on Twitter will place the microblogging network in the same category as Meta’s social media apps, Facebook and Instagram, which offer comparable features on the platform. Meanwhile, Twitter announced this week that it will begin a purge by deactivating and archiving accounts that have been inactive for several years.