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Twitter Has Temporarily Disabled Tweeting via SMS

September 05, 2019 / Matt Southern

Twitter is temporarily disabling the ability to send tweets via SMS text messages. The company says it’s doing this in an effort to protect peoples’ accounts. It’s perhaps no coincidence that this change comes only days after Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey had his account compromised, which lead to hackers sending vulgar tweets using the Tweet via SMS method. When tweeting via SMS was enabled, hackers could send tweets through another account without being logged in to the account itself. They just had to gain control of the phone number linked to the account. Sending tweets via SMS is less important now than it was in the early days of Twitter when smartphones weren’t as ubiquitous as they are today.