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if Sword Art Online showed us a world where people couldn’t unsubscribe, Elon Musk pulled the opposite for Twitter and made it impossible for users to log in. It’s been obvious that the social media site is currently struggling since Musk took over the company. However, the mess that was paid verification and Musk’s mixed messages when it comes to spoof accounts are nothing compared to arguably the worst decision the company has made – the removal of two-factor authorization (aka 2FA ).
Twitter user @CartoonBrains posted a warning to those with 2FA not to log out of the site. They believed the service was down and that Twitter users were unable to log into their accounts. This is bad considering 2FA is used as an extra security measure to prevent hacking.
Unfortunately for users, removing F2A is not a bug; It was a conscious decision by Musk after announcing that Twitter would remove “microservices bloatware” and claiming that less than 20% would be needed for the site. 2FA is part of the 80% that was drawn.
People weren’t happy that Musk removed 2FA, especially since it’s essential for online security. For now, accounts that used randomly generated codes through their password management apps can still log in. However, it is currently unknown if or when all 2FA functionality will be compromised, as only phone numbers and email-generated codes are completely offline.
wealth reported back in mid-2022 that Twitter had been breached and over 5.4 million accounts compromised. Although it is not known if the hacked data was made public, Twitter advised users at the time to enable 2FA. But thanks to Musk’s interference, that no longer seems to be the case. I’d say “contact support” if you need help logging back in, but chances are those employees were laid off in the recent spate of layoffs.
https://wegotthiscovered.com/social-media/some-twitter-accounts-may-become-permanently-inaccessible-thanks-to-elon-musks-meddling/ Twitter users are unable to log in due to the removal of two-factor authorization