SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter has turned off this unique feature in most countries that allowed users to tweet via SMS service due to security concerns.
The tweet via text messages feature was disabled altogether but "a few countries" that are dependent on the feature.
"We want to carry on to help keep your account safe. we have seen vulnerabilities with SMS, so we've turned off our Twitter via SMS service, aside from a couple of countries," the micro-blogging platform said within a tweet late Monday.
We want to continue to help keep your account safe. We’ve seen vulnerabilities with SMS, so we’ve turned off our Twitter via SMS service, except for a few countries.— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) April 27, 2020
Everyone will still have access to important SMS messages needed to log in to and manage their accounts.
Everyone will still have access to major SMS messages needed to log in to and manage their accounts, it added.
There aren't many of us who use this feature which is with Twitter since the very beginning but there have been some complaints from people that still used SMS to read tweets.
The tweet via SMS feature was launched with Twitter's original 140-character limit.
The company said in another tweet: "If you were using Twitter via SMS, you can log in at https://twitter.com or download our mobile app to enjoy the complete Twitter experience".
If you were using Twitter via SMS, you can log in at https://t.co/fuPJa3nVky or download our mobile app to enjoy the full Twitter experience. To set up notifications ⤵️— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) April 27, 2020
🖥️ Web and browser: https://t.co/jya0PvArPZ
📱 Mobile push: https://t.co/d5fUuF1ANU
In September last year, Twitter said that it had been temporarily turning off the ability to Tweet via SMS, or text message, to safeguard people's accounts.
"We're taking this step due to vulnerabilities that require to be addressed by mobile carriers and our reliance on having a linked mobile number for two-factor authentication (we're acting on improving this)," it added.