Twitter, just like other social media platforms, offers “verified” badges that it uses to authenticate the identity of the account holder. Earlier, the microblogging and social media site used to had its public certification program through which users can apply for the badge. If they met the required criteria, Twitter would then given them a blue tick. Back in November 2017, Twitter paused the program for some unknown reasons.
Twitter is bringing the public verification program next year!
Well, the company is now bringing back the public verification program and the same will happen in early 2021. This time Twitter has revamped the entire program and has announced the same on its official blog. According to the post, there are going to be six different types of accounts that will be eligible for verification. You can find the type of these accounts down below.
- Companies, Brands, and Non- Profit Organizations
- Activists, Organizers, and Other Influential Individuals
Before the company brings back the program, it is asking for feedback from the users on the new draft policy. The feedback program is already live and it will remain the same until December 8. If the feedback from the users remains on the positive side, then the policy will be finalized on December 17. Once that is done, the public verification program will go official next year. It is worth noting that there so no specific launch date for the program. If you’re interested, then you head over to this link to take a quick survey of around 5 to 7 minutes.
Apart from just bringing the revamped program, Twitter will also remove the verified accounts that are inactive or has an incomplete profile. Furthermore, if you violate the company’s rules repeatedly, you will also no longer be able to see the verified badge on your account. Apart from blue badges, Twitter is also planning to add more features that will help distinguish accounts on Twitter. If you want the badge, then you will need to match certain criteria which of course will be announced by the company later on.
This is not the first time we’re hearing about something like this. Back in June, a Twitter user Jane Manchun Wong managed to find the traces of the feature in the app. She discovered an in-app system to request for verification.