Twitter to charge for a basic security feature that costs nothing on other platforms

What you need to know

  • Twitter’s SMS-based two-factor authentication will now cost you a monthly subscription fee.
  • The security feature will be restricted only to Twitter Blue subscribers starting March 20.
  • Accounts with SMS 2FA still enabled will automatically lose this feature after that date.

After locking some of its longstanding features, such as the blue check mark, behind a monthly subscription, Twitter will now charge you for SMS-based two-factor authentication.

The social networking platform surprised users by announcing (opens in new tab) that only Twitter Blue subscribers will be able to secure their accounts using this security option after March 20. After that date, the feature will automatically be disabled, assuming you haven’t done so by then.