Return profile verification to Twitter


After more than three and a half years of pause, Twitter begins relaunching its profile verification service, bringing with it new eligibility criteria and new policies that they have been working on in recent months.

It was in 2017 that they stopped accepting new verification requests when they observed that the verification service was not functioning properly, even verifying user profiles of extremist behavior.

Account verification aims to highlight relevant public profiles that allow you to convey confidence that platform users can have healthy conversations with.

With six different categories in principle

In this sense, Twitter has established six categories in total: Government, Companies, Brands and Organizations, News and Journalists Companies, Entertainment, Sports and Gaming, and Activists, Organizers and Other Influential People.

Each of these categories has its eligibility criteria, although all of these categories have in common that the profiles to be verified must be complete, i.e. with name, profile picture, confirmed email address, or phone number, in addition to being at least six months old and have not suffered problems in the past with compliance with the platform's rules of behavior.

Checks will disappear on some accounts

With the relaunch comes also the removal of verification badges in those accounts that do not meet the new eligibility criteria...

Twitter notes that users will have the request option within the Account Settings tab, which has gradually begun to be extended to complete over the next few weeks.

Upon receipt of the request, users will receive a response within a few days, although there will be cases that may take a few weeks according to the demand for requests that occur. If yes, you will see the blue check sign on your profiles.

In the event of an error, users will be able to resubmit their requests 30 days after receiving the response.

In the short term

Twitter they are considering adding more categories by the end of the year, looking for a greater number of accounts to be eligible, considering that not everyone will be able to choose to have verified accounts.

In this sense, they are considering adding the categories of scientists, academics, and religious leaders.

On the other hand, Twitter takes advantage of today's announcement to point out that they will also start adding two types of new accounts in the coming months: automated accounts and memorial accounts, as well as continuing to explore ways to improve user profiles, for which they also propose adding an "About" page.

We'll have more information on this soon.

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