Do you want your Twitter account to be verified?
The social media giant Twitter has announced it will begin rolling out its new verification application system, which allows public figures and other accounts of high public interest to distinguish themselves with a check-mark that indicates they are who they say they are.
To qualify for verification, you must fit the criteria of one of the six categories listed below:
- Companies, brands and organizations
- News organizations and journalists
- Sports and gaming
- Activists, organizers, and other influential individuals
In addition to the category-specific eligibility criteria outlined in our verification policy, your account must be complete, meaning you have a profile name, a profile image and either a confirmed email address or phone number. Your account must also be active within the last six months and have a record of adherence to the Twitter Rules. You can read more about ineligible accounts in the policy as well.
What it means to be verified on Twitter
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.
“People come to Twitter to read about what’s happening with current events, the global pandemic elections, and other government conversations happening across a variety of topics and interests,” said B Byrne, Twitter’s product lead focused on identity, speaking to reporters about the changes.
“The blue verified badge gives people on Twitter more context about who they’re interacting with. They can determine if the content is trustworthy and make their own decisions regarding the sources they choose to follow, which we believe leads to healthier, more informed conversations,” he said.
Twitter says it will continue to update and audit it policies around these areas as it moves forward with public applications for verification and the other new features.