Twitter is in disarray.
Elon Musk, its new owner, has cut half its workforce. Last week, hundreds more employees decided to leave the social media company.
There are signs that their Departure affects the system. Some users have experienced problems receiving two-step login texts examination. Test pages are displayed. Some users see more unwanted messages called spam. Others report getting new replies to long-dismissed tweets and seeing drafts of saved tweets disappear.
Twitter won’t just shut down overnight. However, security experts warn that the massive job cuts could open the floodgates to bad actors. They could search for vulnerabilities in the system and harm user accounts.
Some people are considering leaving Twitter and moving to other social media sites. Experts advise those who stay to take steps to protect their accounts.
Enable multi-factor authentication
If you’re just using your username and password to log into Twitter, it’s especially important now to add an extra step to the process. The extra step of confirming your identity, called authenticationmakes it difficult for hackers to access your account.
Twitter has three methods to choose from: text message, an authenticator app, or a security key. However, some users have reported not receiving text messages to authenticate their accounts.
Using an authenticator app might be your best bet. This offers the greatest security.
To do this, you need to download an authenticator app from the Apple or Android stores. Some examples are Google or Microsoft Authenticator, Authy, Duo Mobile and 1Password.
After downloading the app, open Twitter on your desktop computer and click on the icon that appears ellipses in a circle. From there, select “Settings and privacy,” then “Security and account access,” and finally “Security.”
Next, you can select “Authenticator App” and follow the setup instructions. Twitter may ask you to share your email address.
Once you’re done, you can use them automatically generated Codes from your authenticator app to provide additional security when logging into Twitter.
Stop third-party access
Jane Manchun Wong is an independent software and security researcher based in Hong Kong. She suggests removing permissions for third-party websites and apps through your Twitter account.
This is due to potential security issues with Twitter’s API (or Application Programming Interface). API lets third party Access Twitter data to build apps that work with Twitter. With fewer people working at Twitter, it will take longer for the service to fix security issues.
To turn this off special feature, start in the “Security and Account Access” tool and go to “Apps and Sessions”. This is where you should find any third-party apps associated with your Twitter account. You might even find some from years ago that no longer exist. And you can remove access to anyone.
Download your archive
If you don’t like the idea of wasting years of your tweet history, you can download your Twitter account.archive‘ if you want to save it. However, downloading may take some time.
This tool is only available in the “Your Account” section of Settings on the desktop version of Twitter. You’ll need to enter your password and re-authenticate once you’ve set that up.
When your archive is ready to download, you will receive a notification on Twitter to download it on the desktop version of the site. While this process usually takes around 24 hours, it can now take longer. Some users have also reported that they had to try more than once.
Save the list of your followers
Some Twitter users sign up for Mastodon, a previously little-known service that launched in 2016.
Mastodon is a decentralized social network. That means it’s not owned by a single company or billionaire. Instead, it consists of a network of servers. Each server runs independently but can connect, allowing people on different servers to communicate.
You must choose a “server” to join. But no matter which one you choose, you can still communicate with people on other servers. The process is similar to how you can email people from your Gmail account, even if they’re on Outlook or another email server.
Once in, you can go to fedifinder.glitch.me and find your twitter followers or twitter lists, which you may need to see if they also have mastodon accounts.
Many Twitter users have started listing their other social networks, as well as their names and other information, on their Twitter pages. That will make it easy for people to keep in touch with you no matter what happens on Twitter.
I’m Bryan Lynn.
The Associated Press reported this story. Hai Do customized the report for Learning English.
words in this story
Departure – n. the act of leaving
examination – n. Proof that something is true or correct
authenticate – v. to prove that something is real, true or what people say it is
ellipse – n. a shape resembling a flattened circle
automatically generated – Note something done automatically
Access – n. permission to type or use something
special feature – n. an important skill
archive – n. records or historical materials