Social Media platform X, Formerly Known as Twitter Introduces Voice & Video Calls

by Aya Salah Ed-din

X, the social media company previously known as Twitter, has introduced voice and video calls on the platform as the Elon Musk-owned company seeks to expand its product offerings.

While only premium subscribers can make calls at present, all accounts can receive them, X said on its website late on Wednesday.

The feature is now available on Apple’s iOS and will soon be available on Android, the company said.

Users can control who can call them through the direct messages settings. To call another user, they must have sent you a direct message at least once before, X said

Late in August, X had announced that it would start collecting users’ biometric data, as well as their education and job histories under a new privacy policy, which took effect last month.

Following the policy update, Mr Musk announced that X users would be able to make video and voice calls through the platform on both iOS and Android operating systems without sharing their phone numbers.

“X is the effective global address book … that set of factors is unique,” Mr Musk said at the time.

With its latest move, the platform takes on other established apps that offer the same feature, most notably those from Meta Platforms, which include Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp.

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