Twitter has introduced a new feature that allows users to choose almost any emoji to reply to a direct message in a conversation. Previously, the company only allowed you to reply to the most recent DM using only a select few emojis.
Elon Musk tweeted that the feature is rolling out with the latest app update. This brings Twitter on par with other messaging apps like WhatsApp and Telegram that already have the emoji reaction feature.
In addition, Musk said Twitter will release the first version of encrypted DMs on Wednesday. However, he did not say whether users can check for an indicator to understand whether their chats are protected by end-to-end encryption.
Musk has been looking to make Twitter DMs end-to-end encrypted for a while now. Last November he did Posted that the goal is for DMs to “Signal Superset”.
When it comes to timelines, Musk doesn’t have the best track record. In March, he tweeted that the company wanted to roll out encrypted DMs by the end of the month. But here we are in May. It won’t be surprising if we don’t see end-to-end encryption protection for DMs rolled out on Wednesday.
The CEO of Tesla also mentioned in his post that the company will soon be rolling out the ability to make and receive calls on Twitter. All of these features are likely part of Musk’s plan to make Twitter an “everything app.”