In October 2022, Elon Musk bought the popular Twitter platform. After that, he pissed off social media users over and over again with the interesting decisions he made, from deleting his ex-girlfriend Amber Heard’s account to opening the blue checkmark that only “verified” accounts have for all users for $8 a month. Elon Musk, who comes up with a new event almost every day, announced that now only Twitter Blue subscribers who pay a monthly fee can use the two-factor authentication (2FA) feature via SMS. This feature, which is available for free on many platforms, is very important for account security. Let’s take a look at the details of this interesting solution together.
Elon Musk, who bought Twitter late last year, introduced a paid subscription called Twitter Blue.
This subscription, which costs $8 for Android users and $11 for iOS users, added early access to some new features like “Edit Tweet” and also added a blue checkmark to the buyer’s account.
Elon Musk has again angered social media users by saying that the two-factor authentication feature via SMS will only be available to Twitter Blue subscribers.
Two-factor protection via SMS requires you to enter a username and password, as well as a one-time code sent to your phone via SMS when you log into your personal account.
This feature, which users enjoy for free on most platforms, is an additional step to prevent your account from being stolen.
Users who are not Twitter Blue subscribers must remove the feature from their accounts by March 20.
Explaining the real reason behind the decision following the backlash, Musk said, “Telecoms are cheating Twitter out of $60 million a year.”
Companies using an extra layer of security with an SMS password are paying carriers serious money for these SMS.
Recently, the CEO of cryptocurrency money app Binance also mentioned that security is not cheap and said that they pay $60 million in SMS bills per year.
Unfortunately, it is a fact that hackers can learn people’s phone numbers and abuse this situation, since Twitter makes a security system for a fee.
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