After years of criticism of the opaque and arbitrary nature of its verification system, Twitter has announced that it is opening up verification applications to the public.
In an official blog post, the social media giant revealed that it was accepting requests from users who are interested in acquiring verified status. Twitter’s new policy allows any user to apply for a blue checkmark by filling out a form and providing evidence that they meet certain criteria.
Twitter Verification was originally intended to help users identify reliable accounts in fields such as journalism, government, business, and entertainment. However, this purpose quickly changed after celebrities and other high-profile individuals started vying for verification badges. The company then suspended its verification process in 2017 after backlash over white supremacists and hate speech figures being granted verified status. Since then, Twitter has been working on new guidelines to make the process more transparent and meaningful.
Twitter is accepting public submissions from people who want to be authenticated again and additional instructions to follow to retain the verified badge. Twitter has managed to validate identities on a case-by-case basis, including that certain worthy persons and organizations have invariably been left out.
Twitter announced at the time that it had chosen to shut off public applications owing to the misconception that a verified badge signified sponsorship. That was never the case, and hopefully, everyone now understands what a checked badge entails.
Last year, Twitter stated that the public verification program would be relaunched in 2021, with a few tweaks, “We’ve arrived at the point where the new software is being implemented”. Let’s take a peek at the latest stuff.
What ‘Verified’ Means, According to Twitter
According to Twitter, a blue badge means that an account of strong public interest is genuine. It doesn’t have any other connotations. A verification badge can be revoked regardless of how genuine an account is if it repeatedly violates Twitter’s rules and guidelines.
Furthermore, according to Twitter’s revised standards, verification status might be terminated for the following reasons: A verification badge can be revoked regardless of how genuine an account is if it repeatedly violates Twitter’s rules and guidelines.
Furthermore, according to Twitter’s revised standards, verification status might be terminated for the following reasons:
- The account becomes dormant or inactive.
- The individual is no longer in the position that made them eligible for verification in the first place.
- Changing a user’s display name or bio to impersonate or mislead them.
- Serious infractions will result in immediate suspension.
These updated restrictions should help prevent users from misinterpreting verification badges as Twitter endorsements. Users who have been confirmed cannot engage in harmful activity while being verified.
How to Apply For Twitter Verification (Blue Badge)
Over the next few weeks, everyone will be able to access verification apps through the Account Settings page in the Twitter app. Because of the slow deployment, some customers may be able to access the service right now, while others may have to wait. Twitter can ensure that all applications are handled quickly by taking this strategy.
The application procedure entails notifying Twitter which of the qualifying categories you fall under and submitting a piece of identification that verifies your identity.
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Twitter said users should expect a response in a few days to a few weeks after applying. The blue badge will be automatically placed in the user’s profile if the application is accepted.
Later this year, Twitter wants to expand the qualifying list to include scientists, professors, and religious leaders.
Twitter Verification Eligibility
Maintaining a valid badge necessitates this. Here’s everything you’ll need to obtain one, to begin with.
Users must meet the criteria of one of the six categories given below in order to be verified:
- Companies, brands and organizations
- News organizations and journalists
- Sports and gaming
- Activists, organizers, and other influential individuals
By opening up the application process for verification, Twitter hopes to make it easier for people to establish their credibility on the platform.