Twitter, the Elon Musk-led platform, has officially announced that it would begin charging its customers for two-factor authentication (2FA) methods that employ text messages to authenticate and safeguard their accounts. By requiring users to input a code or security key in addition to their password to log in, 2FA offers an extra layer of protection to Twitter accounts. By taking this extra step, you can ensure that only you have access to your account.

Yet, the business stated that from March 20, “only Twitter Blue customers will be allowed to use SMS messages as their two-factor authentication option.” To herald the upcoming changes to the 2FA login technique, Twitter also released a blog post. The microblogging service is enabling non-Twitter Blue members who have previously enrolled in 2FA 30 days to deactivate it and sign up for an alternative. Your phone number won’t be instantly disconnected from your Twitter account if you disable text message 2FA, though.

The official announcement by Twitter

However, after March 20, “only Twitter Blue subscribers will be able to use text messages as their two-factor authentication method,” the company tweeted. Twitter has also shared a blog post to make the announcement about changes coming to 2FA login method. “While historically a popular form of 2FA, unfortunately, we have seen phone-number based 2FA be used – and abused – by bad actors,” it says in the blog.

“So starting today, we will no longer allow accounts to enrol in the text message/SMS method of 2FA unless they are Twitter Blue subscribers. The availability of text message 2FA for Twitter Blue may vary by country and carrier,” the blog post mentioned. “After 20 March 2023, we will no longer permit non-Twitter Blue subscribers to use text messages as a 2FA method,” the company said in the blog post.

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