Microblogging platform, Twitter has announced a new update for the platform.
Twitter announced on Friday, that only paid members will be able to use text texts as a two-factor authentication technique to secure their accounts.
After March 20, “only Twitter Blue subscribers will be able to use text messages as their two-factor authentication method,” the company tweeted.
Two-factor authentication, designed to increase account security, necessitates the usage of a second authentication method in addition to a password by the account holder.
Twitter supports 2FA with a security key, an authentication app, and text messages.
According to a blog post on Wednesday that the company’s tweet linked to, “bad actors,” are abusing phone-number-brd 2FA, in the company’s opinion.
In response to a user tweet that the firm was changing policy “Yup” and that the company was losing $60 million a year “because Telcos Used Bot Accounts to Pump 2FA SMS,” Twitter owner Elon Musk wrote “on scam SMS.”
The blue checkmark, which was previously only available to verified accounts of public figures like journalists, legislators, and other well-known people, is now available to anyone willing to pay.
This is the newest update by the platform since Elon Musk took over ownership of the platform.