/Twitter to relaunch public verification process, seeks feedback

Twitter to relaunch public verification process, seeks feedback

BENGALURU: Twitter is planning to relaunch verification, including a new public application process, in early 2021, about three years after the microblogging platform had paused the process amid criticism.

Twitter said it will revamp how people can identify themselves on the microblogging platform, starting with verification and asking the public to share feedback on a draft of its new verification policy, it said in a blog post on Tuesday.

The feedback can be sent from November 24 to December 8.

This policy will lay the foundation for future improvements by defining what verification means, who is eligible for verification and why some accounts might lose verification to ensure that the process is more equitable.

The company is starting by more clearly defining some of the core types of ‘Notable Accounts’ that are served by verification.

To receive the blue badge, a user account must be notable and active.

The types of accounts Twitter has identified to start with are Government, Companies, Brands and Non-Profit Organizations, News, Entertainment, Sports, Activists, Organizers, and Other Influential Individuals.

It has also added proposed criteria to automatically remove verification from an account if, for example, it is inactive or if the profile is incomplete, as well as grounds to deny or remove verification from certain qualified accounts that are found to be in repeated violation of its rules.

Twitter said it recognizes that there are many verified accounts who should not be, and it plans to start by automatically removing badges from accounts that are inactive or have incomplete profiles. It intends to expand the categories and criteria for verification significantly over the next year.

It added that the blue verified badge is not the only way it is planning to distinguish accounts on Twitter, and heading into 2021, it wants to give people more ways to identify themselves through their profiles, such as new account types and labels.

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