Twitter is quickly disabling the flexibility to ship tweets via SMS textual content messages.
The firm says it’s doing this in an effort to guard peoples’ accounts:
“We’re taking this step because of vulnerabilities that need to be addressed by mobile carriers and our reliance on having a linked phone number for two-factor authentication (we’re working on improving this).”
It’s maybe no coincidence that this modification comes solely days after Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey had his account compromised, which result in hackers sending vulgar tweets utilizing the Tweet via SMS technique.
When tweeting via SMS was enabled, hackers may ship tweets by way of one other account with out being logged in to the account itself. They simply needed to acquire management of the telephone quantity linked to the account.
Sending tweets via SMS is much less essential now than it was within the early days of Twitter when smartphones weren’t as ubiquitous as they’re right this moment.
However, the characteristic nonetheless exists, and Twitter realizes that some markets are extra depending on it than others. The firm says it should reactive the characteristic in these markets solely as it really works on a longer-term answer.