google> We must send you a text to verify it's you logging in

google> But we don't have your phone number. Please give it to us now so we can send you the text

me> This is very secure and not at all a poor attempt at harvesting my phone number

Going to go and buy a £1 throw-away SIM just for this login.

Google can fuck off.

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@paul the number is stored and will be the only number you can use unless you login and change it. Which of course, also means you need your phone number.

@paul Because the SIM card is registered with the passport, and by linking the account to the SIM card one can effectively verify that the personal data entered in the forms weren't fake.
It's not data harvesting, it's anonymity strip off.

Can you just click "try another way"?

If you enable 2FA or U2F they won't need a phone number since you can use that instead.

@jeffalyanak y eah I tried that. The only option is adding a phone number 😕

Do you still have any devices that are already logged in?

I believe you should be able to add a 2fa authenticator to the account from the already trusted device and then that should appear on the "try another way" list.

@jeffalyanak unfortunately not. I log out as soon as I'm done using the account so nothing is ever left logged in

@paul Can you lie to me and tell me this is satire?

@emsenn @paul
This is TOTALLY satire. There's NO possible way that a company would EVER behave in such a manner. Nope. Not at all. Never. It's a frabrication. We made this one up. Not a chance. We got ya. A writer invented this story. It's a fake. Fiction.

@clarjon1 Oh don't worry at "It's a fabrication" i started reading it in his voice. @paul

@emsenn @clarjon1 lol the original post is true I’m afraid. The screenshot is real, not a fabrication!

@paul @emsenn We know. That's why they asked to be lied to about it :)

@paul You could just give it a google voice number associated with your account. ;)

@feonixrift @paul that’s what i do!

have noticed (off-google) an increasing number of sites won’t accept my google voice number as a “real” phone number, though

@feonixrift does google voice exist in the uk? I’ve never seen it here? If so that would do nicely!

twitter> phone number is optional at sign up

*Completes account setup*
5 seconds later

twitter> your account has been suspended for suspicious activity, in order to being it back, link a phone number

@paul oh i know. Google only stopped blocking my acct after abt 24 hrs of waiting it out

@paul so someone else could actually hijack my account in that exact moment? Huuuh

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