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From DM replies to video chat support, Elon Musk is announcing new features for the Twitter app


Elon Musk announced a slew of new features for the Twitter app on Wednesday. The latest version of the social media giant’s app comes with support for DM replies, meaning users can reply to any message they receive, not just the most recent one. Similar to Instagram or WhatsApp, users on Twitter can reply to DMs using a wide variety of emojis.

Notably, Twitter is also coming out with encrypted DM 1.0, which should make DMs between users more secure. Musk says the “acid test” of this feature will be when, even with a gun to his head, he can’t see other users’ DMs.

Another major feature rolling out to the Twitter app soon is support for voice and video chat on Twitter. Musk says this feature allows users to talk to people anywhere in the world without giving them their number.

In a tweet, Musk shared the latest features coming to Twitter. He wrote: “The latest version of the app lets you DM reply to any post in the thread (not just the most recent) and use any emoji response. The release of encrypted DMs V1.0 should take place tomorrow. This will quickly grow in sophistication. The acid test is I couldn’t see your DMs even when there was a gun to my head. Coming soon is voice and video chat from your phone to anyone on this platform, so you can talk to people anywhere in the world without giving them your phone number.”

Twitter Support also shared an update on the new features in Direct Messages. Speaking of the two new features, Twitter Support wrote, ” Introducing DM Replies! You can now reply to any message you receive in DMs, making conversations smoother and more intuitive.

We’ve also added a new Emoji picker to DMs so you can reply to messages with a wider variety of emojis than ever before.”

Twitter Support added that the company is working on improving these features while seeking suggestions from Twitter users regarding the new features.

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Joanna Swanson

Joanna Swanson is Europe correspondent at the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in Brussels covering politics, culture, business, climate change, society, economies and inclusive tech. With specific focus in breaking news, she has covered some of the world's most significant stories.