Twitter will set up the verification process for the account on Thursday, May 20. This option Reviewed November 2017After a scandal caused by a certificate awarded to a white fanatic in the United States, he had organized a neo-Nazi march in Charlottesville (Virginia). Twitter chief Jack Dorsey spoke about an identity verification system at the time “broken” That needed to be rebuilt.
After several years of hiatus, Twitter users will once again be able to “verify” themselves in their profile options. The option will be rolled out gradually worldwide, starting May 20, in a form accessible in Account Options.
However, their application will be accepted once they fall into the relevant categories of certification created by Twitter, and if they provide the necessary proof (identity papers, professional email addresses, etc.). For all new applicants, a “Human team” Twitter will verify, case by case, if the circumstances and evidence presented allow verification, as promised by social network officials during a press conference on Wednesday, May 19.
On this occasion, they unveiled the categories of people who will once again be able to claim verification of their account starting May 20:
- Persons working for governments and public authorities;
- Journalists working in newsrooms.
- People who work for already verified companies, brands, or organizations;
- Athletes and personalities from the world of entertainment;
- finally, Activists, Organizers, and Influential People.
Detailed documentation outlines all these criteria It is already posted in the “Help Center” of the social networkWith the goal of helping 200 million daily users.
The blue badge
Social network officials said 360,000 already verified accounts on the social network around the world, according to a number provided by Twitter’s chief identity producer, would not have to repeat the process. On the other hand, people who, in the past twelve months before the verification request, violated Twitter’s rules of use (for example, after seeing their account suspended after hateful or unauthorized tweets on the network), they would see verification of their request rejected.
If the request is accepted, it will concretely allow the Twitter user to see their account name with a small blue badge. For example, the Twitter account of the editorial board Scientist (Embed a Tweet) Carries a blue badge proves that the editorial staff maintains it well – To get it, they had to provide Twitter with proof of their identity and work.
This badge, which can also be found on other social networks, such as Instagram or TikTok, attests to the correct identity of the person managing the account. It is a guarantee of trust and authenticity, while Twitter is poorly used by many politicians, journalists and celebrities, who often take a stand or post information about current topics of the day.
Twitter’s project managers all indicated during the press conference that their purpose is to help build testimonials Confidence in public conversation, So that users can obtain evidence that the account holder posted the Tweet. On the one hand, the system will not prevent problematic hijackings: for example, when an already verified account is hacked, it That happened in the summer of 2020 when The accounts of Barack Obama, Joe Biden and Elon Musk have been hijacked and fraudulent messages posted.