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X Launches Peer-to-Peer Calling: Users Advised to Tread Carefully

Elon Musk added video calls to X, formerly Twitter, sparking privacy concerns. The feature, enabled by default, exposes user IP addresses and lacks encryption


and X have activated a new audio and video calling feature within the X app, formerly known as , which is generating concern among privacy advocates. The feature, launched without requiring user consent, is enabled by default, potentially compromising by exposing IP addresses to other call participants. The integration of this functionality aims to transform X into a multifaceted application, despite criticisms regarding its execution and the privacy implications for users.

Privacy Concerns Highlighted

The cornerstone of the update is the introduction of peer-to-peer calling, facilitating direct communication between devices. This method, while common in apps like FaceTime and WhatsApp, unveils the IP addresses of users to one another, risking the revelation of a user's location and online activities. High-risk users, in particular, face significant threats from such exposure. X has provided an option to mask IP addresses by routing calls through its infrastructure, yet this feature is not activated by default, requiring users to manually enable it for enhanced call privacy.

Lack of End-to-End Encryption

Another notable omission from X's new calling feature is the absence of end-to-end encryption, a standard security protocol that prevents anyone besides the communicating users from accessing the call's content. End-to-End is already used by WhatsApp, and Apple has plans to use it too X's failure to confirm the inclusion of end-to-end encryption raises concerns over the potential for unauthorized eavesdropping on private conversations. The company's evasive responses to inquiries about the encryption status only add to the apprehensions regarding user privacy and .

Configuring Call Privacy Settings

For users interested in utilizing the calling feature while protecting their privacy, X offers several customizable settings. However, navigating these options can be perplexing. Users have the autonomy to restrict who can call them, with choices ranging from “People you follow” to “Verified users.” Those seeking to avoid unsolicited calls and protect their privacy are advised to either adjust these settings meticulously or disable the calling feature entirely. Disabling the feature ensures that one's IP address remains concealed, further safeguarding against potential privacy infringements.

The integration of audio and video calling into X's platform represents a significant pivot in its functionality, underscoring Elon Musk's ambition to broaden the application's utility beyond conventional boundaries. However, the introduction of this feature prompts substantial privacy concerns, necessitating a cautious approach from users. As X endeavors to redefine its identity and expand its feature set, the balance between innovation and user privacy remains a critical challenge to navigate.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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