Twitter announced on Thursday that it had begun rolling out its new verification application process and was reviewing public verification applications on the microblogging platform. Profile verification on Twitter isn’t a new feature; it’s been around for a while. The platform, on the other hand, suspended the original model in 2017, claiming that it was being misinterpreted as an endorsement. To distinguish verified profiles from others, Twitter adds a blue badge to them. In the coming days, all users will be able to use the new verification application process.
To be verified on Twitter, you must fall into one of six categories: government; businesses, brands, and organizations; news organizations and journalists; entertainment; sports and gaming; activists, organizers, and other powerful people. You must also have a complete Twitter account, which includes a profile name, a profile image, and either a confirmed email address or phone number.
Twitter also requires that your account has been active for the past six months and that you have a track record of following its rules. The platform’s verification policy contains information about ineligible accounts.
How do I get my Twitter account verified?
As the process is being rolled out, all Twitter users will begin to see the new verification application in the Account Settings tab in the coming weeks. According to the San Francisco, California-based company, it will be made available to everyone gradually. As a result, the option to have your Twitter profile verified may not be available right away.
Once you’ve selected the verification application option, you’ll need to indicate whether you fall into one of the six categories that are eligible. After that, you’ll be asked to verify your identity by uploading a government-issued photo ID, entering your official email address, or providing a link to an official website that contains direct references to your Twitter account.
Once you’ve submitted your application, you’ll receive an email from Twitter. Depending on how many open applications are in the queue, it could take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. Expect the latter, as there is a lot of excitement among people to get their hands on the blue badge.
If your application is approved, Twitter will display a blue badge on your profile. Otherwise, you have 30 days from the time you receive Twitter’s decision on your application to reapply.
Despite the fact that the number of categories eligible for verification is currently limited, Twitter has stated that it plans to add more categories later this year, which could include scientists, academics, and religious leaders, among others.
The new verification process, which has been in place for four years after the previous model was suspended, is the result of public feedback received by Twitter last year. The revised verification policy, which was introduced in December, was shaped by this feedback.
In January, Twitter began enforcing that policy, removing the verification badge from accounts that no longer meet the updated verification criteria, such as those that are inactive or incomplete, according to the company.