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Twitter: SMS for authentication become paid

Starting March 19, the ability to perform 2-factor authentication on Twitter via SMS will be a prerogative exclusive to subscribers to the Twitter Blue service. The news comes just the day after the announcement of Meta’s paid blue ticks, which thus aligns with what was introduced by Elon Musk right with Twitter Blue.

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How Twitter’s Two Factor Authentication Works

2-factor authentication (or 2FA) is a security protocol strongly recommended to users by the social platforms themselves. The system provides that to access their account, in addition to the classic password, members must also enter a randomly generated numeric code with temporary validity. You can receive the code in several ways, through a phone call, a dedicated app or via SMS. The latter method is generally the most used, as it is immediate and does not require the installation of third-party apps.

The system is currently in use on all major social profiles, but not only: many gaming accounts require it to participate in eSports tournaments or competitions of various kinds. Sending SMS to receive the code is generally freebut Twitter’s new maneuver could upset the future of this access method on other platforms as well (as happened with the blue check and payment imitated by Meta).

We remember that 2-factor authentication will remain free. Users will be able to do it for free by choosing a system for receiving the code other than SMS, such as by installing the app Google Authenticator.

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