Innovation

Confide: The explosive app used by Trump’s closest advisers

By Oliver Smith 14 February 2017
Summary

A new weapon in the war against leaks.

Keeping secrets in the White House isn’t easy these days, as Donald Trump’s team have found after dozens of embarrassing leaks.

That’s why the President’s closest advisors are turning to a secret messaging app to try and keep their plans more… secret.

Confide is a confidential messaging app, that deletes messages once they’re read and only lets you view one line of text at a time – stopping anyone from taking a screenshot of an entire message.

Loose lips

Today the Washington Post confirmed that Confide has become the go-to messaging app in the White House:

“Staffers, meanwhile, are so fearful of being accused of talking to the media that some have resorted to a secret chat app — Confide — that erases messages as soon as they’re read.”

Confide wasn’t actually designed for politicians. The app has actually been around for two years as a confidential messaging app backed by Google, only recently finding its new niche in politics.

The obvious advantage for Trump’s team is that their confidential discussions are far harder to leak to the media if someone can’t easily forward or screenshot a message.

British slowcoaches

While leaks are certainly not as prevalent in Britain as they are in the US, our politicians remain far less concerned about protecting their communications with an app like Confide.

UK politicians are “behind the times” when it comes to new technologies like Confide, a source in Westminster told The Memo.

WhatsApp remains the most popular app in Parliament, where dozens of messaging groups exist for special advisers, MPs and party whips to communicate privately.

But if Confide’s rise continues, that might not be the case for much longer.