Twitter has made the process of getting a verified account simpler. Verified accounts are usually granted to public figures or organisations, which are given a blue checkmark to designate authenticity, and the site would approach the person themselves in order to confer the “celebrity” status; but there’s never been any clear, defined path to getting verified. Now, however, anyone can request a verified account simply by filling out a form on Twitter’s support page.
Earlier, Twitter had decided to let people attach links and pictures without eating up the 140 character limit for the betterment of users experience. Twitter’s new move, according to the firm itself, will allow everyone from any corner of the world to “find great, high-quality accounts to follow” and for “creators and influencers – no matter where they are in the world – to easily connect with a broader audience”. This would also mean thataccount verification would rule out all the fake accounts or bots from the platform.
The procedure for account verification is quite transparent. One simply has to go to Twitter’s support page where they will need out the form. Users will be asked to confirm the account that is to be verified, along with providing a reason as to why it should be verified.
Users will also need to provide among other things, a verified mobile number, a confirmed email address, a birthday, a URL to support the request, and tweets set on public mode in their privacy settings. Twitter also reserves the right to demand an uploaded scan of a government-issued ID.
But this does not mean that whoever applies will be privileged with the blue check mark.Twitter says that they will only give the badge to accounts “determined to be of public interest”, which makes it unclear whether Twitter will allow regular people topossess a verified account, or if it will restrict the verification to public figures.
With a Twitter-verified account, one can filter out replies, mentions and likes from unverified accounts. This would be a helpful measure against the rising trend of anonymous hate comments on the website that used anonymity as its USP when it was first launched. But incidents such as the recent barrage of hateful messages that Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones received have forced the website to call for stricter user guidelines.