Twitter to charge users for text message account authentication

Twitter to charge users for text message account authentication

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TWITTER has announced that it will start charging users for securing their account via text message.

The two-factor authentication (2FA) method adds an extra level of security to accounts, compared to only entering a password.

This makes it almost impossible for hackers to gain access to private accounts, as users will be sent a temporary code to their mobile phones in order to enter.

However, the company tweeted this week that as of March 20, only Twitter Blue – ie paying users – will be able to use text messages for 2FA.

Non-Twitter Blue users are advised to disable this form of 2FA and change to another type, such as an authentication app or a security key method.

The Twitter Blue subscription offers users several advantages, such as verifying their profile and editing published tweets, for around €8 a month.

However, the announcement is expected to be met with fierce criticism from users, as this could be seen as yet another money-making move by new company owner Elon Musk since he took over the firm in October last year.


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Written by

Glenn Wickman

Glenn has been working on English-language newspapers in Alicante Province for more than 16 years. He currently writes the local news and Social Scene events for the Costa Blanca North and Mallorca editions of the Euro Weekly News.