The popular microblogging and social networking service platform, Twitter has temporarily disabled the ability for users to tweet via SMS after its own CEO was recently hacked. The company revealed this development in a twitter post published earlier yesterday.
In a series of tweets posted from Twitter’s official handle yesterday, the company said, “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).”
We’re temporarily turning off the ability to Tweet via SMS, or text message, to protect people’s accounts.
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) September 4, 2019
What this simply means is that you won’t be able to post a tweet by texting it to your ShortCode, which was once the most popular way of using Twitter.
It’s unclear how long SMS support for tweets will be disabled, but Twitter notes that it will first reactivate it in markets that “depend on SMS for reliable communication.”
Twitter has seemingly taken swift action to prevent any further instances of accounts being hijacked via this method. It remains to be seen how long it will take for the issues to be resolved, though.