The social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter, will start offering video and audio calling, owner Elon Musk announced on 31 August. Announcing it through a post on the platform, Musk wrote: "Video & audio calls coming to X.”
These features are the latest in Musk’s move toward making X an “everything app,” as previously stated. The new features will work on iOS, Android, Mac and PC systems and users won’t have to share their phone numbers, Musk added. "X is the effective global address book," the Tesla and SpaceX founder said. "That set of factors is unique."
Earlier this month, CEO Linda Yaccarino confirmed that video calls were coming to X and said the rebranding of Twitter as X was only the beginning. In July, when the new name was announced, Yaccarino had said that X will be powered by AI and “will connect us all in ways we’re just beginning to imagine.” She had also hinted at X going the WeChat way and said that X will be “the platform that can deliver, well….everything.”
Video & audio calls coming to X:— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) August 31, 2023
- Works on iOS, Android, Mac & PC
- No phone number needed
- X is the effective global address book
That set of factors is unique.
Notably, X's payment branch Twitter Payments LLC was granted an important currency transmitter license from the US state of Rhode Island on 28 August. This will enable it to "engage in cryptocurrency-related activities" such as exchanges, wallets and payment processors, as reported by the crypto website CoinWire. This license would allow it to store, transfer, and facilitate the exchange of digital assets on behalf of its users, according to an AFP report.
Musk’s view of X and the constant updates have caused chaos in recent months. It will be interesting to see how users will react to the new features.
(With inputs from agencies)