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Twitter to allow audio and video calls, encrypted messaging soon says Musk

Twitter has been witnessing massive changes ever since Elon Musk took over as the company’s boss and the surprise announcements do not seem to end anytime soon.

On Tuesday, the company’s Chief Executive (CEO) Elon Musk revealed that the microblogging platform will soon allow audio and video calls as well encrypted messaging.

“Coming soon will be voice and video chat from your handle to anyone on this platform,” Musk said in a tweet.

“So you can talk to people anywhere in the world without giving them your phone number,” he added.

His comments came soon after he fired off on Twitter, contending that the WhatsApp messaging service operated by Meta “cannot be trusted.”

A messaging feature at Twitter would compete with an array of free services including Messenger, Signal, Telegram and WhatsApp.

Since buying Twitter for $44 billion late last year, Musk has implemented changes in seemingly impulsive ways, sometimes causing chaos for users.

The announcement comes nearly a year after Elon Musk flagged plans for “Twitter 2.0 The Everything App”.

Back then, Musk had said that the platform will have features such as encrypted direct messages (DMs), longform tweets and payments.

The fresh announcement comes just a week after Elon Musk said that Twitter has now decided to allow media houses to charge users on per article basis. Elon Musk announced the news on the microblogging website, saying the new policy will come into force from this month.

“Rolling out next month, this platform will allow media publishers to charge users on a per article basis with one click,” said the tech billionaire.

Twitter has also announced plans to remove and archive inactive accounts that have not been used for several years. This is part of an effort to keep the platform clean and updated.

Twitter said this week that it would start a cleansing process by removing and archiving accounts that have been inactive for several years.