Twitter announced on Friday that it will now let only Twitter Blue subscribers use text messaging for two-factor authentication (2FA).
The official Twitter Support account said in a tweet that non-subscribers will be able to secure their accounts by using an authentication app or a security key.
In a blog post, the company said that the reason behind the change is ‘’bad actors’’ using and abusing phone number based two factor authentication.
In response to a user who tweeted about the change saying it was because of telecoms pumping 2FA messages through bot accounts and causing Twitter to lose $60 million every year, Elon Musk said ‘’Yup’’.
To continue securing their accounts, those who haven’t or don’t want to subscribe to Twitter Blue will need to change their authentication method within 30 days, until March 20.
The news comes weeks after Twitter expanded its character limit to 4,000, but for Twitter Blue subscribers only.
Meanwhile, Meta is also getting ready to launch its Twitter Blue-like monthly subscription plan ‘’Meta Verified’’ this week, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on Sunday.