Elon Musk’s bot-baiting aside, Twitter has called on many to change how it identifies accounts and what can be done to call out who is more legitimate than others. Engineer Jane Manchun Wong now has dug a twitter label Which will mark accounts with a verified phone number. He too noted Another test feature that shows view counts for Tweets, which some users already have access to, is for their own Tweets under the label of “Analytics.” However, she said it was not clear whether it would be limited to the author or visible to all.
Linking an account to a number is a way to highlight that it was created with more effort than the simplest macro and can be used to filter which tweets are the most prominent. are visible or make it through different levels of quality filters. Twitter also allows people to associate with the same phone number up to ten different accountsWhereas developers can label automated accounts to let people know that there is no human behind each post.
Have Verified “Blue Check” Accounts Must already have a verified phone number or email address attached, When then-CEO Jack Dorsey talked about plans to allow verification for everyone, he mentioned that people verify facts about themselves, which services like Airbnb and Tinder do as part of their account verification processes. phone numbers in the form.
However, encouraging users to link phone numbers to their accounts and display status means that securing data becomes a problem. On August 5, Twitter announced details of an incident that allowed an attacker to search 5.4 million account names associated with particular phone numbers and email addresses. by company own accountThe privacy flaw was introduced in the June 2021 update, it was not reported to Twitter until January, and Twitter did not know the information had been stolen until July when media reports circulated that someone was trying to sell the database. Had been.
The 2020 hack that allowed attackers to tweet about bitcoin from the accounts of Jack Dorsey and Joe Biden was followed by social-engineering for attackers to use Twitter’s internal tools. another report bloomberg noted that some contractors had used Twitter’s tools to spy on celebrity accounts, and earlier this month, a former employee was indicted on a spying charge after he shared “email addresses, phone numbers and had used his position to access the date of birth of users who were critical of the Saudi government.”
In May, Twitter agreed to a $150 million settlement for improperly using phone numbers and email addresses collected for two-factor authentication in its ad targeting, showing how much data can be leaked. Is.
With midterm elections nearing, there is pressure to ensure that the information posted on social media comes from real people, or at least actually someone from the country they claim to be. The phone number tag can play a role in assessing the credibility of an account, but it’s unclear if and when Twitter might roll out this widely.