New Delhi: Twitter, which had temporarily stopped its public application process for getting its greatly desired ‘blue tick’ on the platform, has relaunched its new verification application process, beginning with six categories.
Under this new policy, once a handle is approved, the user can sport the “blue verified badge”. Notably, the blue badge is one of the ways that help people distinguish the authenticity of accounts that are of high public interest.
“We’re excited to share that starting today, we’ll begin rolling out our new verification application process and reviewing public applications for verification on Twitter. Today’s application rollout marks the next milestone in our plans to give more transparency, credibility, and clarity to verification on Twitter,” Twitter said in a blog post.
Over the next few weeks, everyone on Twitter will start to see the new verification application directly under the ‘Account Settings’ tab.
Twitter has also worked to bring clarity to the verification eligibility criteria and launched a new policy based on public feedback.
“If your application is approved, you’ll see the blue badge automatically on your profile. If you think we made a mistake, reapply 30 days after receiving our decision on your application,” Twitter said.
Twitter also said that it has also started enforcing that policy by automatically removing the verified badge from accounts that no longer meet the updated criteria for verification, such as those that are inactive or incomplete.
Additionally, those verified accounts that repeatedly violate the Twitter Rules are subject to have the blue badge removed, it added.
Know who’s eligible for the blue tick and how one can get it?
-To qualify for verification, as per Twitter, users must belong to one of the six categories – Government; Companies/brands/organisations; news organisations and journalists; entertainment; sports and gaming; and activists/organisers/other influential individuals.
-The user account must be complete, meaning it must have a profile name, a profile image and either a confirmed email address or phone number.
-The account must also be active within the last six months and have a record of adherence to the Twitter Rules.
-Once the application is submitted, the applicants can expect an emailed response within a few days, but this could take up to a few weeks depending on how many open applications are in the queue.
As per reports, Twitter has also asserted to introduce more categories later this year, such as those for scientists, academics, and religious leaders.
“We’re also exploring improvements to the Twitter profile to allow people to better express themselves, such as through an About page,” Twitter said.