Twitter Phone Verification At Odds With Internet Anonymity

On the surface, Twitter's phone verification policy seems like a good idea. But requiring real identities has proven an ineffective strategy against trolls time and again.

Many social networks have attempted to deal with harassment and trolling on their services by offering reporting tools to users, and using automated systems to lock trolls out. However, these automated systems continually cause problems for users, especially users who wish to remain anonymous. This is the case with Twitter’s implementation of phone verification.