Twitter set to challenge Whatsapp, others with voice, video calls features

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Elon Musk, the owner of Twitter, has announced plans to add voice and video calling facilities to the microblogging site. This development will put WhatsApp, Telegram, and other social media networks that provide similar services to the test.

The statement comes as Twitter debuted a new feature that allows users to respond to a direct message in a discussion with practically any emoji. Musk announced in a tweet on Wednesday that the capability will be available with the latest software update.

In addition, Musk stated that Twitter is releasing the first iteration of encrypted direct messages. Musk stated that with the most recent version of the app, users can DM reply to any message in the thread, not just the most recent, and use any emoji reaction.

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Announcing the new features via a tweet on Wednesday, Musk said: 

  • “With the latest version of the app, you can DM reply to any message in the thread (not just the most recent) and use any emoji reaction.  
  • “The release of encrypted DMs V1.0 should happen tomorrow. This will grow in sophistication rapidly. The acid test is that I could not see your DMs even if there was a gun to my head.  
  • “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.” 

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Musk in an attempt to reposition Twitter has introduced several changes to the platform. Earlier this week, Musk announced that the company will soon remove accounts that have been inactive for several years, saying that the action is “important to free up abandoned handles.” 

Twitter’s billionaire owner in a separate tweet said inactive accounts will be archived, Musk did not add any details on when the process will begin. 

Musk also said users on the micro-blogging platform could see a drop in follower count, as several inactive accounts might get removed. 

According to Twitter’s policy, users should log in to their accounts at least once every 30 days to avoid permanent removal due to prolonged inactivity. 

Earlier this month, Musk “threatened” to reassign National Public Radio’s Twitter account to another company, after the public broadcaster stopped posting content to its 52 official Twitter feeds in protest against a Twitter label that implied government involvement in its editorial content. 

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