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Twitter Withdraws SMS Tweet Feature for Now

by | Updated on: Aug 22, 2023 | Social Media, Digital Marketing 101, Tech Tips & Tech News | 2 comments

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You must have read in the newspapers lately that the Twitter account of the CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey, was hacked. The hackers posted some vulgar material through the official Twitter account of the Twitter boss, much to the embarrassment of the individual and the company.

According to the New York Times, what happened was that the hackers took control of Jack Dorsey’s phone number through a common hacking method known as SIM swapping. The method is a popular hacking tool, and frankly speaking, individuals who are targeted have little to do by means of avoiding being hacked.

In this method, hackers call mobile service providers and pretend to be a victim who has lost a SIM. They register a request for SIM swapping, where the functions and number of the actual victim’s SIM card are transferred to a SIM that the hacker is holding. It happened with Jack Dorsey, a man who’s at the peak of technological innovation. So it can happen to you!

Twitter also had this feature of tweeting through SMS. With this event happening, they have temporarily withdrawn this feature. As of now, you cannot tweet through text messages anymore. This feature was long there, since the days when smartphones were not so easily available. To enable tweets to be uploaded as and when the users intended, even if they didn’t have access to a computer, Twitter helped to tweet through SMS.

Now that SIM swapping and misuse of this feature is rampant, the feature goes into a cold storage. You should know here that Twitter realizes that there is still a market for this feature. So they are not dismissing it outright. After a while, when they have worked out a better security arrangement to stop misuse through SMS tweets, they may activate this feature for selected markets only.

Author:- Debajyoti Banerjee is the Founder, Director & CEO of Seven Boats - A leading digital marketing agency & digital marketing training institute in India since 2011. He is a TEDx Speaker, Google & LinkedIn Certified Digital Marketer & Trainer, Brand Strategist, Consultant & Entrepreneur. B. Tech in computer engineering & post graduate diploma in Marketing, Debajyoti has 18+ years of domain experience and successful track records in digital marketing services & digital marketing training with 500+ clients & 100K+ students in 165+ countries. He has been invited & felicitated by 25+ Top B Schools & universities including London Business School, AICTE ATAL FDP, UGC-HRDC, IIM Shillong, IIM ROHTAK, IIT KGP, IIT Guwahati, Calcutta University, Ranchi University, St. Xavier’s, Brainware, Techno India, JIS Group, Jaypee Group, Shikshayatan Foundation, IIEST Shibpur, Bhavan’s, ICFAI Business School, GITAM Deemed University, Swami Vivekananda Group of Institutions & many more. He has been awarded with more than 20 national awards and he has received notable media coverage. Learn more



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