Twitter to soon come with an improved ‘account verification’ process

Twitter is planning to re-introduce a new built-in protocol for requesting verification. The finding was revealed by Jane Manchun Wong, famous for reverse engineering. She further said that the feature is not yet made available to the public.

Getting a blue-tick next to your Twitter account is usually limited to the accounts that are of public interest. For example, celebrities, politicians, and organizations usually get a blue-tick next to their account – a method that is purely harmless.

However, in the year 2017, Twitter faced severe backlash for allowing a blue-tick on an account of someone who was an organizer for the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville.

Following this, Twitter paused the verification feature in order to figure out how to allow only credible organizations with the tick. In 2018, the micro-blogging network tweaked the policy a bit and in 2020 it began verifying health accounts that contributed information regarding coronavirus.

But now, it looks like Twitter would soon be bringing back the option and allowing individual users to apply for the verification. Moreover, Twitter confirms that the process will be publicly documented.

According to Wong, Twitter will also ask for the user’s government ID alongside other necessary information. The verification team will also be liable to accept or reject a request based on the provided information. Commenting on the development, Alex Heath from TheInformation, said, "That signals the blue checkmark is being retooled to focus on verifying identity rather than denoting status or celebrity."

As of yet, Twitter has not announced when the process will become publicly available. Nevertheless, after facing criticism for years – Twitter is finally making a change and attempting to make its platform a bit cleaner.

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