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X’s new feature unveils a major privacy flaw

Discover how X's new voice and video calling feature unintentionally reveals users' IP addresses, poses significant privacy and safety risks.

In today's world, where protecting personal data is a top priority, the revelation that X's new voice and video calling feature exposes users' IP addresses is startling. This feature, recently added to the platform formerly known as Twitter, directly contradicts the data privacy advocacy of its owner, Elon Musk. As this feature became available to all users, privacy experts have raised alarm bells over the unintentional disclosure of IP addresses during calls.

The risk to user privacy and safety

The exposure of IP addresses is more than a minor privacy concern; it's a significant risk, especially for the platform's most vulnerable users. X has become a crucial tool for political activists and other sensitive groups, making the potential for location exposure through IP addresses a severe issue. This is particularly concerning given Elon Musk's previous emphasis on Direct Message (DM) encryption – a feature rolled out to paying users last year. Musk's vision of making X “the most trusted platform on the ” seems to be at odds with this oversight.

A balancing act between innovation and oversight

For users worried about privacy, turning off the settings' voice and video calling features is a viable option. However, introducing this feature without considering the privacy implications suggests a broader issue with X's current development strategy. The company prioritises rapid development, potentially at the expense of thorough quality control and privacy considerations. This approach could lead to more such oversights, jeopardising user privacy and trust.

The recent discovery of X's voice and video calling feature sheds light on the complex challenges tech companies face when introducing new functionalities. While innovation drives these platforms forward, protecting user privacy cannot be an afterthought. In an age where data is as valuable as currency, companies like X must ensure they maintain the trust of their users. This incident is a critical lesson for X and other tech giants. As they forge ahead with new technologies, they must also strengthen their commitment to user privacy and security.

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Gabriela Gavrailova
Gabriela Gavrailova
Gabriela is a freelance news editor at Tech Edition, where she writes about technology and often does listicles and product reviews. Based in Austria, Gabriela is a person with many and diverse hobbies. If you don't find her reading a book at home or baking something, she will probably be out hiking or taking some classes to learn a new skill.

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