In the last year, social networks have been involved in several controversies due to fake news and inappropriate comments, so Twitter may want to control users a little more.
Having a verified account on Twitter is a benefit for any brand or public figure on the Internet, as this blue mark next to the user name indicates that the account belongs to a person or organization it claims to represent, which is why it has been a pillar of social networks since 2009.
Although there are currently many verified accounts, many others still cannot show off such a distinguished sign. In its beginnings, it was the platform itself that sought out the most notable users to confirm their identity and be able to grant them the badge, however, that changed in 2017 with a verification program.
The problem with this system was that it was fraught with controversy and, faced with the inability to respond to the thousands of requests they received, Twitter decided to take a step back and cancel this program, leaving millions of accounts unverified.
However, it seems that the wait for users to be able to verify their accounts could be about to end since last November the company announced that it would start receiving requests again in 2021 under new guidelines, which could become a reality next week.
Twitter goes live with verification
According to researcher Jane Manchum Wong, “multiple sources” have confirmed to her that the bluebird platform will launch its new verification request form next week.
It should be noted that this is not the first time Wong has shared details about this new verification system, detailing how it will work and which accounts will be eligible to receive the badge.
Requirements for a verified Twitter account in 2021
According to the information, for an account to be verified it will need to belong to “notable” and “active” users who belong to one of these sectors: government, business, brands and organizations, news organizations and journalists, entertainment, sports, and gaming or activists, organizers, and other influencers.
Users should share an image of their National Identity Card (ID), as well as ratings of their account via Google trends, Wikipedia article, news coverage, or official leadership website, provide some references and wait for a response.
Why the blue tick is back now?
It took almost four years for the app to reactivate this system, but this could be due to the controversies that arose last year around the coronavirus pandemic and the U.S. elections, where social networks were part of global communication, politics, and controversies.
Twitter would have decided to tag each of the accounts to verify the veracity of their comments and thus understand from which sector the information comes from.