From March 20, Twitter users will not be able to use the platform SMS-based two factor authentication unless they pay for it.
The company announced the changes last month, saying only Twitter Blue subscribers will be able to use text messages as their two factor authentication method.
Twitter Blue, is the CEO’s subscription option for Twitter since he acquired the Twitter company in October last year. Web users need to pay Ksh.993($8) a month while mobile users have Ksh.1,365($11) monthly plan.
The Social Media Platform, is encouraging regular users using SMS two-factor authentication to remove it or risk losing access to the social network.
“You must remove text messages two-factor authentication,’ reads the notice being shown to users once they log in.
Two-factor authentication is meant to make accounts more secure by letting an account holder use a second authentication in addition o a password.
Twitter supports authentication apps and a security key, which the company says users can use as measures to keep their accounts protected.
The company said the SMS -based authentication is been violated by ‘bad actors’
“While historically a popular form of 2FA, unfortunately we have seen phone numbers based 2FA -and abused -by bad actors,” the company said.” so starting today, we will no longer allow accounts to enroll in the text messages/SMS method of 2FA unless they are Twitter Blue subscribers.”
The new SMS two-factor authentication, increases the lists of premium service users have to pay for, among them been a verification mark, ability to upload longer video’s and an Edit tweet option.