X launches a preliminary edition of the video and audio call feature

On Thursday, Elon Musk unveiled an initial version of the video and audio calling capability on X, formerly recognized as Twitter.

While the feature isn’t universally accessible yet, users can gain entry by activating video and audio calls within the ‘Direct Messages’ section under the ‘Privacy and Safety’ area in the app settings. Prior to use, users will need to update their app.

CEO Linda Yaccarino of X also introduced the video call feature, sharing a screenshot that exhibited the familiar picture-in-picture layout, along with icons for speakerphone settings, video and microphone toggles, and an option to end the call. Both Musk and Yaccarino refrained from disclosing whether these video and audio calls are encrypted or whether encryption will be implemented in the future. Additionally, they didn’t specify if this feature will involve a payment component.

“Although still in beta, it shows promise,” Musk posted on X last Thursday.

Earlier on October 18, X had announced the initiation of a ‘Not a Bot’ trial program in New Zealand and the Philippines, aiming to require new, unverified X users to pay an annual fee of $1 for interaction privileges on the platform.

Musk and Yaccarino haven’t provided clear indications on whether all X users will eventually need to pay to access platform features.

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