Social networks’ newest enterprise mannequin is charging for safety

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Social networks have struggled with spam, scams, impersonation, and account hijacking for years. And over the previous week, two of them unveiled a brand new plan for coping with it: passing the price to customers.

The primary transfer got here from Twitter, which made SMS-based two-factor authentication (2FA) a premium function late final week. After March 20th, customers might want to both swap to an app-based authentication system, pay $eight to $11 a month, or flip off the fundamental safety function. The choice is a component of a bigger try to push folks onto subscription-based Twitter, and Musk additionally agreed with a tweet saying that it’s additionally an try to chop down on carriers charging Twitter for spam SMS messages.

Quickly after, Meta introduced its personal safety…

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