What you need to know
- Twitter is reportedly opening its new verification program soon.
- The new program will be a robust one, requiring multiple ID checks.
Twitter will open its revamped verification program as soon as next week, according to researcher Jane Manchum Wong. The same researcher has been able to out other Twitter changes in recent months – suggesting they're possibly on the money this time around as well.
Twitter's verification system has been offline for some time now while the company worked to find a way to make it more robust. That seems to be shown in the way a Twitter user will now be verified, with multiple forms of identification needed before anyone can get a checkmark.
A pair of images shared by Wong show the guidelines Twitter will use when trying to decide whether someone is worthy of verification or not. Journalists, activists, entertainers, and company brands will all be able to get verified among others. So long as they meet the criteria, that is.
I was told by multiple sources that Twitter plans to launch the new self-served Verification Request form next week https://t.co/vI4q63WwJeI was told by multiple sources that Twitter plans to launch the new self-served Verification Request form next week https://t.co/vI4q63WwJe— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) May 13, 2021May 13, 2021
Wong was also able to show the account verification process that users will be able to follow, including the kinds of information required. That includes a user's ID paperwork as well as qualifying information, such as links to a website with your work on, or a Wikipedia article. Twitter seems determined that only people with valid credentials will be verified from now on.
With Twitter now set to know why you're verified, it's possible it could declare that information in your profile. Imagine checkmarks that are different colors whether you're a politician, sportsperson, or journalist for example.
Maybe we'll find out soon. I'll be trying to get verified as soon as I can, that much I do know.
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