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Twitter is a well-loved social media platform across the globe. Using Twitter, you can share posts called “tweets” within its character limit, so it’s an excellent way to get witty. 

The platform is a service for families, friends, and co-workers to interact, communicate, and stay connected via an exchange of quick and frequent messages. Tweets can either be in the form of photos, videos, links, or texts. People, or your followers, can also comment or retweet your posts.

It’s a fantastic platform, and recently, Twitter’s new CEO, Elon Musk, announced brand-new features on Twitter, particularly allowing its users to make voice and video calls on the social media platform. He said these features will roll out “soon.” Continue reading for the news.

“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 said in a tweet on Wednesday. 

What netizens think

Twitter netizens are sharing their thoughts about this news on Twitter’s new capabilities. 

“That’s golden,” said netizen @DaveTheBraveEth.

“Solid new features. Good work from the Twitter team,” meanwhile, said @TheRabbitHole84

On the other hand, there are some, like @AshleyDCan, who are looking for clarifications

She commented on Musk’s announcement post, “For voice and video chat, how does that work? Is it with everyone you follow, can you opt out of getting those calls completely? I follow over 5k people and as much as I like everyone on here I don’t want hundreds of people able to call me all day on here.”

Encrypted direct messages

The latest version of the app allows users to DM reply to any message in a thread, not just the most recent ones. They can also use any emoji reaction. 

Furthermore, the Twitter CEO also revealed that the platform would begin encrypting direct messages, scrambling content to ensure privacy. This feature, he said, was rolled out yesterday. 

“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,” Musk tweeted. 

Upon its launch, he also quipped, “Early version of encrypted direct messages just launched. Try it, but don’t trust it yet.”

Twitter to delete idle accounts

Musk also announced earlier this week that Twitter would start removing accounts that have been inactive for several years. 

“We’re purging accounts that have had no activity at all for several years, so you will probably see follower count drop,” Musk tweeted

The Twitter CEO also said in a separate tweet that inactive accounts will be archived. However, there is no information about where this process will commence. 

It was also not immediately known if or how the platform’s users could access those archived accounts.

Based on Twitter’s policies, users must log in to their accounts at least once every 30 days to avoid permanent removal due to inactivity. 

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