Daniel Sinclair @_DanielSinclair Building for young people. Not reading @danielsunread. Lurking behind likes and thinking about social media, communication, & China. Sep. 05, 2019 1 min read

It's good that Twitter is dropping SMS and wants to drop phone number two factor. But this will just never reappear, right? The Verification halt 2 years ago was temporary too. Twitter is just disappearing one feature at a time, and there really is no true forward momentum.

Everyone has known simswapping was a problem for what, 5 years now? World of Warcraft accounts are still more secure than many of these platforms. But Jack is apparently protesting phone numbers now, so action? Where's the mobile Yubikey support?

Facebook's dark patterns that encourged users to add a phone number for 2FA also just resulted in the leak of 400,000,000 numbers linked to identities. They not only ignored this problem, but abused it — now everyone is burned.

Literally the meme where a tech company asks you to change your face after being hacked. "This data set is old and appears to have information obtained before we made changes last year to remove people’s ability to find others using their phone numbers.”  https://techcrunch.com/2019/09/04/facebook-phone-numbers-exposed/ 

I would not even be surprised if this proves true, that Facebook's dataset catalyzed the mobile spam call wave.

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