Back in 2017, Twitter paused the verification process after widespread outcry over the company’s decision to give a blue check to a white supremacist who tweeted depreciative comments about Heather Heyer, a woman killed during the 2017 Charlottesville rally. Since then, this verification process is on hold. However, it looks like the company is bringing a new system for verifying users.
According to a tweet by reverse engineer and online sleuth Jane Manchun Wong, Twitter is working on bringing a completely new verification system on its platform as she discovered a “request verification” field in the Twitter app in the “personal information” section of the app’s 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
Looking forward to this matter, Twitter declined to comment on it which indicates that the company is actually bringing this feature back. However, the company’s help page still says its verified account program is on hold, and “we are not accepting any new requests at this time.” So it’s not clear when Twitter may reopen verification to users or what the new process may entail.
Basically, Twitter adds a blue tick next to the names of accounts it had verified as authentic, and that was “of public interest.” Although Twitter originally stated that a verified badge did not imply a formal endorsement by the company, it has since acknowledged that there was some confusion over the purpose of the badge and what it represents.
However, earlier this year, Twitter started granting blue checks to public health officials to give authenticity to their tweets about COVID-19. And now, it looks like the company finally appears to be working over to bring the verification process for individuals.
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