Twitter Users Can Now Apply For The Microblogging Platform’s Verification Program


May 24, 2021, 2:35 p.m.

Twitter users all over the world can now apply for the microblogging platform’s verification program, however, there are a few things that users need to know.

This means that users can now get the blue badge to be displayed on their profile. The verification program will allow public figures and other accounts of high public interest to distinguish themselves with a checkmark that indicates they are who they say they are.

In 2017, the company halted the process following the feedback it got from users over what it meant to be verified. While the checkmark was only meant to serve as an indicator that someone’s account was authentic, many viewed badge holders as having some sort of elevated status on Twitter’s platform.

This issue came to a head when it was discovered Twitter had verified the account belonging to Jason Keller, the person who organized the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, even as genuinely noteworthy individuals were struggling to get their accounts verified.

Twitter says it has now updated its verification process and has begun removing the blue badge from previously verified Twitter accounts that have since been found to be either incomplete, inactive, or in violation of Twitter’s rules.

This time, the company said it is focusing on three main goals: transparency, credibility, and clarity for verification on the platform.

For one to be verified, the user needs to be notable, authentic, and active because this is what other users expect from these kinds of accounts. The account also needs to have a complete profile, which means you need to have a profile name, a profile image, and either a confirmed email address or phone number to be verified.

As for now, there are six categories listed below that are qualified for verification:

  • Government
  • Companies, brands, and organizations
  • News organizations and journalists
  • Entertainment
  • Sports and gaming
  • Activists, organizers, and other influential individuals

Later this year, scientists, religious leaders, and academics will also be eligible as a qualified category for verification.

All Twitter users will be able to ask for verification once in about 30 days. The verification method includes, apart from the six categories, an identity verification, such as an official website, email address, and government-issued ID, and will take one to four weeks to be verified.

The new rules will ensure that those with verified accounts lead by example.

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