Twitter removes a feature it had used since the beginning and deletes millions of old inactive accounts
The Independent reports that Twitter has decided to remove the feature to deliver tweets via SMS because it does not offer sufficient security. Last year, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s account was hacked via the service allowing people to tweet via SMS and that possibility was disabled, and now people will not be able to receive tweets via SMS messages either.
After last year’s hack of Dorsey’s Twitter account, new vulnerabilities, related to the SMS feature, have been discovered and now the service has been disabled for most countries. The feature will remain live only for countries that rely on it to use Twitter due to a poor internet connection. Additionally, the company stated that important notifications related to logging in or managing Twitter accounts, delivered via SMS, will still be accessible and functional.
We want to continue to help keep your account safe. We’ve seen vulnerabilities with SMS, so we’ve turned off our Twitter via SMS service, except for a few countries.— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) April 27, 2020
Everyone will still have access to important SMS messages needed to log in to and manage their accounts.
If you were using Twitter via SMS, you can log in at https://t.co/fuPJa3nVky or download our mobile app to enjoy the full Twitter experience. To set up notifications ️— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) April 27, 2020
️ Web and browser: https://t.co/jya0PvArPZ
Mobile push: https://t.co/d5fUuF1ANU