Microblogging service Twitter announced the relaunch of the user account verification program, which was suspended in 2017. This was reported in the company’s blog.
To receive the blue checkmark, an account must meet one of six categories: government, brand, media, entertainment or sports organization, activist or influencer. Twitter plans to expand the list in late 2021. Also, the account must be complete (profile name, avatar, verified email address or phone number). It must be active for the last six months and follow the Twitter rules.
Users will be able to leave a request on the Account Settings tab, the button will appear for everyone within a few weeks. After that, Twitter will respond by email: this can take from a few days to weeks depending on the download.
Once you've opened the application link under “Verified” in your account settings:
1. Tell us which eligible category matches your account
2. Choose how you’d like us to confirm your identity
3. Submit the request and we'll let you know when you can expect a decision pic.twitter.com/8Fipz9ESmr
— Twitter Verified (@verified) May 20, 2021
The verification system was launched in 2009, but then the company independently assigned the status of verified accounts to the accounts. In 2016, users had the opportunity to submit applications for verification, and in 2017 the program was suspended due to criticism – then the company was criticized for assigning an account checkmark to an American neo-Nazi. Since then, the service has continued, on its own initiative, to verify some accounts.
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