Tor Users Must Now Provide A Phone Number To Open A New Twitter Account

This is not good news for human rights activists….


Twitter last week announced plans to begin tracking troublesome users via their mobile phone number. Along those lines, it has begun forcing users of anonymous web browser Tor to provide a number in order to open a new account.

The U.S. company doesn’t mandate its users to associate their account with a mobile number — that’s optional — but its new security system will use short-term suspensions to get the digits of serial trolls. The idea here is to find something identifiable that can be used to trace them if they open new accounts, as many serial abuses do.

Those who open a new account via Tor, however, will have their number added to Twitter’s database right away, following this apparent new change in the sign-up process.

The issue was first flagged on Twitter, and we confirmed it with our own testing.

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