The Twitter check, the famous blue circle will be able to be easily requested again. But it will do it with changes so that not everyone can appropriate it.
In 2017, Twitter made it easy for everyone with a minimum of followers and to define themselves as public figures, informants or influencers. This gave a false sense of “authority” and it was implied that if you had that badge, Twitter approved that account.
The problem came when in 2017 a white supremacist with the blue badge tweeted derogatory comments about Heather Heyer, a woman killed at that year’s Charlottesville rally.
Verification was meant to authenticate identity & voice but it is interpreted as an endorsement or an indicator of importance. We recognize that we have created this confusion and need to resolve it. We have paused all general verifications while we work and will report back soon
– Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) November 9, 2017
After this event, Twitter decided to close their form and grant them to those accounts that they considered to be relevant.
Now Twitter brings back verification with some changes to resolve past mistakes. This new Twitter feature has been discovered by Jane Manchun Wong, a developer who uses reverse engineering in applications to discover new functionality. Wong discovered a verification request field in the “personal information” section of the Twitter app settings.
Twitter is working on “Request Verification” 👀
(I’m not Twitter employee. I’m not tech support) pic.twitter.com/ED58QsD7kM
– Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) June 7, 2020
Twitter has confirmed Wong’s ‘tweet’ but has declined to comment further, The Verge reports. The company’s help page still says that your verified accounts program is “paused” and that they are not “accepting new applications at this time”. So it is unclear when verification will reopen to users or what the new process may entail.
“The blue verification badge on Twitter serves to confirm the authenticity of public interest accounts”, affirms the platform on that same page. And he clarifies: “The badge appears next to the name in the account profile and next to the account name in the search results. Accounts that do not display the badge next to the name but display it elsewhere, such as the profile photo, header photo, or bio, are not verified accounts. ”
Twitter explains that this badge is generally awarded to user accounts “that belong to the field of music, acting, fashion, government, politics, religion, journalism, the media, sports, and business. and other key areas of interest. ” And underlines: “The verification badge does not mean that Twitter approves the account”.
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