Still worrying about the blue checkmarks on Twitter? The verification process restarts

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UPDATE 5/28: It turns out that many of you care about the blue check marks. Twitter says it’s been so inundated with verification requests that it needs to stop accepting them temporarily while it works on the ones it has already received.


Original story:
Twitter is finally restarting its user verification process, which adds the blue check mark to your account. But unfortunately not everyone will be able to apply.

The company is currently rolling out the application process, which will appear in the Account Settings tab. Over the next few weeks, everyone will be able to see the option. However, Twitter currently only distributes verified badges to users involved in the following areas:

  • Government

  • Companies, brands and organizations

  • News organizations and journalists

  • Entertainment

  • Sports and games

  • Activists, organizers and other influential people

To verify your identity, the company will ask you for either an official email address related to the category you applied for, an official website that references you and your Twitter account, or an official government ID, like a driver’s license or passport. (However, we do not recommend sharing government credentials with an organization unless it is absolutely necessary. This poses a security risk in the event of a data breach.)

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“Once you have submitted your application, you can expect an email response from us in a few days, but it may take up to a few weeks depending on the number of open applications in our queue. Twitter added. “If your application is approved, you will automatically see the blue badge on your profile. If you think we made a mistake, reapply 30 days after receiving our decision on your claim.

The verification process

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Later in the year, Twitter plans to open up the process to scientists, academics and religious leaders. But the company has already made exceptions for some people, like medical experts during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The other verification requirement does not include any bad behavior in the past 12 months. If the company has previously suspended your account for seven days or 12 hours for breaking the rules, you cannot apply. The company has created a support document with more details on the verification policy.

Twitter created the blue check mark to signify that an account is real and not an impostor, which made the badge a status symbol. For years Twitter’s verification process was shrouded in mystery, but in 2016 it started allowing people to ask for their own blue check mark.

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But when Twitter issued a verified badge to the organizer of a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in November 2017, the company was outraged by users. In response, Twitter paused the verification program. Since then, the company has been quietly distributing blue badges to certain accounts through indirect channels, but the public verification process has remained suspended so far.

Twitter on Thursday said it was important to resume handing out the ticks to help remove misinformation. “The blue badge is one of the ways we help people distinguish the authenticity of accounts of high public interest,” the company said. wrote in the ad. “It gives people on Twitter more context on who they’re having conversations with so they can determine if it’s trustworthy, which our research shows leads to healthier, more informed conversations. ”

The company also plans to remove verified badges for users who repeatedly break the rules.

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