Twitter’s verification system is back after a three year pause. “The blue badge is one of the ways we help people distinguish the authenticity of accounts that are of high public interest. It gives people on Twitter more context about who they’re having conversations with so they can determine if it’s trustworthy, which our research has shown leads to healthier, more informed conversations,” the company said in a blog post announcing verification. The verification process had been shut down back in 2017, after widespread controversy over tweets from a verified account of a white supremacist.
How to get verified on Twitter
The new verification process is quite easy. It can be done directly from your account, and applications will be viewed as long as you are eligible. Users will simply have to navigate to the Accounts Settings tab on their account and click on the verification form option. Twitter noted that the update is being rolled out in a phased manner, so it may not come to all users at the same time.
“Once you submit your application, you can expect an emailed response from us within a few days, but this could take up to a few weeks depending on how many open applications are in our queue. If your application is approved, you’ll see the blue badge automatically on your profile. If you think we made a mistake, reapply 30 days after receiving our decision on your application,” the company said in its blog post.
Who is eligible for Twitter verification?
Twitter said there are six categories of accounts that will be eligible for verification right now. This includes the following categories.
- Companies, brands and organisations
- News organisations and journalists
- Sports and gaming
- Activists, organisers, and other influential individuals
However, Twitter also noted that these may not cover all kinds of accounts that may be eligible for verification. As a result, the company will be introducing more categories in future, which include categories for scientists, religious leaders and academics. However, the company didn’t say when these additional categories will be introduced.
Twitter is also going to keep reviewing and upgrading its new verification policy over time.