Twitter to Require Identity Documents to Combat Impostors with Fake Accounts.

Twitter, a social network owned by Elon Musk, is working on a new verification process that involves the use of an official identity document to verify that the user is who they say they are, which would be part of the Twitter Blue subscription.

The technology company is working on the possibility of present an official identity document with a photograph so that the user can verify their identitywhich would imply showing both sides of the document and taking a selfie.

This process, which would be limited to Twitter Blue users as they are the only ones that currently have a verification process, appeared a few days ago in the platform’s code, as found out by the firm and collects TechCrunch. The fight against identity theft could be behind this measure.

Reference image. – Photo: SOPA Images/LightRocket via Gett

According to this firm, it appears to be undergoing tests in the United States, at least in the Android app, in which it has been discovered, although the scope of said test is unknown. In the capture that they have shared shows how one of the options that can be accessed early -another of the advantages offered by Twitter Blue-.

Twitter informs in the window of this process that it will only require about three minutes from the users and that their information and images will be processed by an external company, which suggests that it is not Twitter itself that manages this process.

Twitter adds two-factor authentication with text messages for the Blue option

On the other hand, it is worth noting that on March 19 the term that Twitter granted to users who use an additional protection system at login other than two-factor authentication (2FA) came to an end. So the SMS verification system will be incorporated as another security feature in Twitter Blue.

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Currently the two-factor authentication system is a measure that was designed for the purpose of add an additional security capability at login when requesting an extra code or key after entering the password. But now the use of text messages is included, as a way to get the security code to the user.

Twitter announced in February that would stop offering two-factor verification via SMS for free because it had detected that bad actors “use and abuse” 2FA based on phone numbers.

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Twitter confirmed that it will remove the Fleets from the social network in August, what are the reasons? – Photo: AP

The time granted by the social network to its users to change the system has ended this Sunday, which means that from this Monday, March 20, only those with a subscription to Twitter Blue will be able to choose to reinforce their login with it.

It is, however, the most popular option among platform users, but the one that is considered the least secure of all that it offers. Those who continue with the free Twitter account still maintain dMultifactor authentication options: through an ‘app’ or with a security key.

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Twitter has added a feature that counts the total number of times a ‘tweet’ has been marked as saved, displaying this data in the post details along with the recorded number of ‘Likes’, ‘Retweets’ or ‘Quotes’ .

Elon Musk has incorporated several changes on Twitter – Photo: getty images
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The Elon Musk-led platform already added a metric to expose the reach of social network posts in December, which shows the number of views received by ‘tweets’ and can also be seen directly below the post.

In this way, users will be able to know how many profiles have clicked on the ‘Marker’ icon in a publication to save the ‘tweet’ and be able to visit it again later. However, unlike other similar functions, this one does not allow us to know which specific users have done it.

With information from Europa Press

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