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Twitter relaunches its verification program: Everything you need to know

Twitter re-launched the new verification program on Thursday after having closed verification request for years. The new verification application is already available to some users, and a wider rollout expected in the next few weeks.

The company says that eligible users can apply via the account information section in Twitter settings.

Twitter also announced on Thursday that they’re working on marking automated and the memorialised account in the next few months. Users can also expect an About page to make its way to the platform, which will allow them to add more information to their profiles.

“The blue badge is one of the ways we help people distinguish the authenticity of accounts that are of high public interest. It gives people on Twitter more context about who they’re having conversations with so they can determine if it’s trustworthy, which our research has shown leads to healthier, more informed conversations,” Twitter announced.

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Who’s eligible to get verified on Twitter?

At the time of the re-launch, Twitter says the following six categories of account will be eligible to apply for a verified badge. The social networking app is working on bringing support for more categories in the future, including academics and scientists.

  • Government
  • Companies, brands and organizations
  • News organizations and journalists
  • Entertainment
  • Sports and gaming
  • Activists, organizers, and other influential individuals

In addition to fulfilling the category criteria, the account should also meet the following requirements.

  • Have complete information, including profile name, image, a confirmed email address or phone number.
  • Must be active within the last six months.
  • You mustn’t have broken Twitter rules and certainly not get the account suspended or temporarily banned.
  • Shouldn’t be a parody, commentary and fan accounts.
  • Shouldn’t be associated with hateful content, spam or platform manipulation.

You can refer to the detailed Twitter policy about eligible and ineligible account for verification here.

How to apply to get verified on Twitter?

As mentioned above, the verification application program is continuously being rolled out and should be available in the next few weeks to everyone. If you want to get verified on Twitter, follow the steps mentioned below to check and apply for verification.

  • Go to your Twitter account’s Settings & Privacy page.
  • Then select Account Information. Enter your password if prompted.
  • Select Verified/Verification Request.
  • Then tap on Start request.
  • On the next page, select the appropriate category for your account.
  • Then select the ID you’d like to use for verification.
  • Then you’ll see the ‘Your request has been sent!’ screen.

Once the application is submitted, users can expect a response from Twitter within a few weeks, and if their application is approved, they’ll see a blue badge on their profile. Those who don’t get a positive response and think there has been a mistake can re-apply 30 days after receiving the rejection email from Twitter.

The verified badge on Twitter isn’t permanent, and the company automatically removes accounts that no longer meet their verification policies or criteria.

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