Twitter Limits Access of Two factor authentication for Non-Paying Users
The popular microblogging platform Twitter has announced that its SMS two-factor authentication (2FA) security feature will no longer be available for free to all users, Read to know more!
The popular microblogging platform Twitter has announced that its SMS two-factor authentication (2FA) security feature will no longer be available for free to all users starting from today, March 20th, 2023. This security measure, which requires users to provide two forms of identification to access their account, was previously offered by Twitter to all users as an added layer of security. However, the company has decided to make this feature exclusive to Twitter Blue subscribers, who will now have to pay $8 per month or $84 per year to continue using SMS 2FA.
Due to some malicious actors abusing the feature, the decision was made to only allow premium subscribers access to SMS 2FA. Existing non-Twitter Blue subscribers were given 30 days to disable one security measure. And sign up for another when Twitter previously announced that free access to its 2FA security will stop in February of this year. The corporation has now stopped providing the 2FA authentication service to non-Blue users because the predetermined time limit has passed.
Twitter Blue subscribers will continue to have access to SMS 2FA, as well as other features such as a blue tick of verification, the ability to compose long tweets and edit tweets, and more. For those who rely on SMS 2FA and wish to continue using it, signing up for Twitter Blue is recommended. Alternatively, users can switch to an authenticator app or security key to maintain the security of their account.
In summary, Twitter has made the decision to limit access to its SMS two-factor authentication security feature, in response to misuse by some bad actors. This means that non-Twitter Blue subscribers will no longer be able to secure their Twitter account using SMS 2FA. It will have to either sign up for Twitter Blue or switch to an alternative security measure.