Twitter users are dealing with the possibility that certain accounts may be locked from today.
Twitter has previously warned users that the most frequently used two-factor authentication will end on March 20, causing potential issues for anyone using the text message/SMS method of two-factor authentication. If users do not manually disable the authentication method, they may be temporarily locked out of their accounts.
However, the two-factor authentication process will continue to be available for users paying $8 monthly as part of the Twitter Blue subscription plan.
Elon Musk claims that the change is due to scammers abusing the two-factor authentication process which ultimately costs the company an average of $60 million a year.
Twitter is getting scammed by phone companies for $60M/year of fake 2FA SMS messages— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 18, 2023
For users to avoid complications with their Twitter accounts, they will need to manually disable the authentication process and then download a separate authenticator app which will be linked to their Twitter account.
If they do not comply, users worldwide run the risk of the social media app automatically disabling the security authentication or even temporarily disabling access to their account.