BRING ON THE BLUE CHECKMARKS
Twitter will be updating its process to verify accounts and relaunching its public application process after a three-year pause, the company said in a Tuesday blog post.
Twitter released a draft of its new verification policy detailing criteria for accounts to receive the platform’s token blue check badge, as well as reasons accounts may lose their verification.
Twitter said it plans to relaunch a new public application process early next year as part of the plans to build its verification policy.
The company paused its public verification process in 2017, after public backlash over Twitter’s decision to verify the account of Jason Kessler, the organizer of the white supremacist “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va.
Since then, Twitter has been vague about which accounts become verified and when.
“We know how important it is to be able to express yourself and understand who you’re talking to on Twitter. So today, we’re sharing the start of our plans to revamp how people can identify themselves on Twitter, starting with verification,” the company said.