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Twitter to relaunch its verification feature

Started by devikad, May 21, 2021, 03:58 PM

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Twitter to relaunch its verification feature

Micro-blogging platform Twitter is relaunching its verification service to give it more "transparency, credibility and clarity".

The company had halted the verification feature pending a review of its policies.

The US-based platform has now formed six categories of people who will get the verification tag, provided they meet the company's criteria.

This includes government, companies, brands and organizations, news organizations and journalists, entertainment, sports and gaming and activists, organizers, and other influential individuals.

Twitter said it was also working to add categories such as those for scientists, academicians, and religious leaders.

The company has been doing research on automated accounts and plans to introduce a way to denote this account type in the next few months along with launching other features. The application for verification can now be submitted from within the Twitter app itself, it said.

"Over the past several months, we've been working to bring clarity to the verification eligibility criteria and launched a new policy shaped by public feedback. We also started enforcing that policy by automatically removing the verified badge from accounts that no longer meet the updated criteria for verification, such as those that are inactive or incomplete," the company said in a statement.

Twitter has also introduced new guidelines for verified accounts.

"...your account must be complete, meaning you have a profile name, a profile image and either a confirmed email address or phone number. Your account must also be active within the last six months and have a record of adherence to the Twitter Rule," it said.

People who want to be verified will be able to apply for it from within the Account Settings Tab in the app.

Going forward, the company is looking to launch new account types as well.

"Since our last update, we've been doing ongoing research on automated accounts and plan to introduce a way to denote this account type in the next few months, with memorialized accounts to follow. We're also exploring improvements to the Twitter profile to allow people to better express themselves, such as through an About page," it said.


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