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Twitter Has Quietly Deleted Millions of Accounts Since the Old Sms Era

Updated on April 28, 2020

The end of the age of SMS messaging on Twitter.

On Monday, Twitter officially announced that it would close Twitter via SMS and provide it to most users worldwide.

The last change affects users who still receive tweets from other users via SMS. After invading CEO Jack Dorsey last year, social media companies have stopped working on Twitter via text message.

However, other tips for these Twitter changes have not been posted before, but have been confirmed by Mashable. Millions of inactive accounts created via SMS have been removed from the platform.

In the early days of micro blogging services, the platform was built around sending and receiving messages via mobile text messages. Since then, it has grown significantly, with the vast majority of users switching to publishing and reading tweets through websites, mobile and desktop applications.

Due to the deletion of these accounts created by SMS, some Twitter users with a large number of followers may notice a reduction of up to 10% followers.

However, other changes are minor. These accounts only receive tweets from users who have registered for SMS notifications. In addition to the number of followers of these users, there are no followers on the platform. These users have no profiles or functions to log in or interact with Twitter.

The company has notified some partners of the changes that occurred on April 16. Unfortunately, because these accounts were created many years ago without email and other contact information, Twitter cannot directly notify these users of service changes.

A Twitter spokesperson said in a statement to Mashable: “Since we no longer support the technology, we will delete the accounts created by SMS because these accounts are very likely to be threatened.” “Therefore, some account followers the number may decrease. We hope that people believe their accounts are useful and accurate, and reflect active Twitter accounts, so this is part of the tireless effort to ensure this goal. "

In addition to these delete operations; Twitter is encouraged to use login SMS notifications for push notifications, browser notifications, and other similar services envisioned by the platform in the near future.

But this is not exactly Twitter with text messages. The company will continue to use SMS messages for security-related purposes, such as account verification and two-factor authentication.


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