Twitter announces new steps to beef up security of high-profile political accounts

Twitter is taking extra measures to keep high-profile accounts with political inclinations secure during the upcoming U.S. elections. Beginning today, those accounts will now receive in-app notifications that will prompt owners to adopt Twitter's recommended practices for increased security.

In a blog post, Twitter said it will require political accounts to use a strong password. For those that use a weak combination, the company will ask them to replace their password the next time they log in to their accounts. This will apply to officials in the U.S. executive branch, members of Congress, U.S. governors, secretaries of state, presidential campaigns with election labels, political journalists and news outlets, candidates, and political parties.

Twitter's password reset protection will also be turned on by default to prevent unauthorized password changes. Meanwhile, it will also recommend that these accounts enable two-factor authentication.

The social networking site plans to roll out more proactive internal security safeguards over the next few weeks. These include advanced detection and alert systems to address security incidents, heightened protection for authorized login attempts, and faster account recovery support. With these measures, Twitter seems to be trying to prevent the recent major hack in July from taking place again.

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