SAN FRANCISCO. — X, formerly known as Twitter, has added video calling — and left it turned on by default.
The feature is now being officially rolled out, Elon Musk confirmed.
He said it was an “early version” of a tool he has been hinting at for a year.
Video calls are part of Elon Musk’s plans to make Twitter, which he has renamed X, into the “everything app”, offering a wide array of different functionality.
For now, video calls are limited to the iOS app, and appear to be rolling out slowly. But they are also switched on by default.
The system means that all accounts are liable to receive calls from accounts you follow, or those run by people whose number you have in your address book.
To be able to call someone, they must have sent at least one direct message to your account.
Users have the option to change that setting, however, either to switch it off or to change who has the ability to make calls.
From the direct message settings, users can either disable it entirely or change it so that they can receive calls from people in your address book, from people you follow, or from all “verified” users.
Making phone calls is limited to premium subscribers, who pay the monthly subscription for what was once called Twitter Blue.
It can be done by opening up the DM menu to start a conversation with someone.
If the feature is enabled, then a phone icon should show within the direct message conversation, and tapping audio or video will start the relevant kind of call.
Users will receive a notification that they are being called, and will get another telling them they missed the call if they do not pick up. — The Independent.