Twitter CEO Elon Musk has announced that the platform will soon be adding voice and video chat capabilities, allowing users to communicate with anyone on the platform without having to share their phone number.
Musk announced some major feature additions to Twitter. In a tweet, he explained that the new feature will enable users to initiate voice and video calls from their Twitter handle to any other user on the platform. Users will be able to chat with people all over the world. Additionally, Musk is also adding encryption to Twitter DMs and adding the ability to respond to any message in a thread, not just the most recent one, and use any emoji reaction to react to it.
“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 Tuesday.
Last year, Musk flagged plans for “Twitter 2.0 The Everything App”, which he said would have features such as encrypted direct messages (DMs), longform tweets and payments.
The call feature on Twitter will bring the micro-blogging platform into line with the likes of Meta’s social media applications, Facebook and Instagram, which have similar features.
Musk said a version of encrypted direct messages will be available on Twitter starting Wednesday, but did not say if calls will be encrypted.
Twitter this week said it will start a cleansing process by removing and archiving accounts that have been inactive for several years.