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Twitter disables Tweet via SMS after CEO’s account got hacked

Twitter temporarily disabled its feature where users could tweet via SMS after some accounts owned by some celebrities and even its CEO Jack Dorsey got hijacked.

According to a report by Engadget, it was not clear if what took place was a result of SIM hijacking but the report said that dorsey’s account fell victim to a “security oversight” that let people send tweets via text through his phone number.

In a series of Tweets, Twitter announced that they are temporarily turning off the Tweet via SMS feature “to protect people’s accounts.”

The company explained: “We’re taking this step because of vulnerabilities that need to be addressed by mobile carriers and our reliance on having a linked phone number for two-factor authentication (we’re working on improving this).”

According to Twitter, it will reactivate the feature in markets that depend on SMS soon while they work on their long-term strategy.

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