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    Rashkavar commented  · 

    An additional significant problem with this setup: Burner phones. It's not terribly hard to set up a VOIP account or disposable cell phone capable of providing this information. This adds extra steps to generating a bot account, but anyone who's putting the effort into generating these bots will just add a phone verification thing similar to how they set up email addresses to handle the email verification step. Doesn't solve anything there.

    Jerks still have cell phones, so it doesn't block them either. And for the determined stalker types who make new accounts without being bot programmers...have you looked at what it takes to register a phone number? It's not much effort at all.

    It just targets folks who either don't have a cell phone or are cautious with how much identifying information they share and thus are unwilling to just give twitch their phone number. This feels very much like a data harvesting grab disguised as a security feature.