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Twitter Disables Tweet Via SMS to Stop Hackers

Dave Parrack 05-09-2019

Twitter has disabled the ability to Tweet via SMS. This feature has been present since Twitter first launched, but a couple of high-profile hacks have led Twitter to disable it for the time being. The company IS planning to bring it back though.


Using SIM Swapping to Hack Jack Dorsey

In August, the account of Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was hacked. The hackers used Dorsey’s account to tweet a bomb threat, racial slurs, and other unsavory things. Then, Chloe Grace Moretz suffered a similar fate, with the same group claiming responsibility.

These hacks happened as a result of Twitter’s Tweet via SMS feature, which lets you tweet via text message. By utilizing a technique called SIM swapping What Is SIM Card Swapping? 5 Tips to Protect Yourself From This Scam With the rise in mobile account access and 2FA for security, SIM card swapping is a growing security risk. Here's how to stop it. Read More , the hackers were able to post whatever they wanted to these accounts without knowing the logins.

Twitter Disables Its Tweet via SMS Feature

As a result of these hacks, Twitter has now disabled the Tweet via SMS feature. In a series of tweets, Twitter Support said this is necessary to “protect people’s accounts […] because of vulnerabilities that need to be addressed by mobile carriers”.

Twitter has made it clear that this is a temporary measure. The company is planning to reactivate Tweet via SMS in “markets that depend on SMS for reliable communication soon”. Which refers to countries with low adoption rates for smartphones.


The rest of the world may have to wait longer for the return of the Tweet via SMS feature. And there’s a chance it will never return. And to be fair, this is more of a legacy feature for anyone who owns a smartphone, who are obviously going to use the app instead.

How to Use Twitter

Twitter clearly thinks this is a necessary move to prevent more people becoming victims of this type of attack. And we suspect the fact that Twitter’s own CEO was targeted prompted the company to act fast to solve the problem, albeit temporarily.

If you have been using the Tweet via SMS feature to tweet then your options are limited. If you have a smartphone then just download the app. Or you can always visit instead. Either way, here’s our beginner’s guide explaining how to use Twitter How to Use Twitter Twitter can be overwhelming at first, but we're here to help you make sense of it. Here's a complete guide to using Twitter and understanding how it works. Read More .

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  1. Lynda olson
    September 8, 2019 at 1:47 pm

    I've changed my password but I changed my number phone number and I have two step verification on and it says it sends me the cold in a text but the it never comes through ever and I'd have to send my picture ID and I did that and I don't get any responses from Facebook support and I still can't access it and there was some phone number that I had called and they wanted me to go purchase the iTune card to help them get me back into my account they said it was hacked somewhere in Utah or Canada