Twitter on Tuesday, 24th November announced it will be relaunching its verification process, marked as a blue badge, early 2021 along with new guidelines for users seeking this blue badge.
Twitter paused its verification process in 2017 after a widespread outcry over the company’s decision to give a blue badge to a white Supremacist who tweeted disparaging comments about Heather Heyer, a woman killed during the 2017 Charlottesville rally.
The company went on to say that there are many verified accounts that shouldn’t have the blue badge and thus will be stripped off its blue badge.
In an attempt to cut down the number of verified accounts, it will focus on verifying six specific types of accounts; those aligned with government; companies, brands and non-profit organizations; news; sport; entertainment; and activist, organizers and other “influential individuals”.
“We recognize that there are many verified accounts on Twitter which should not be” read a Twitter blog posts.
“We plan to start by automatically removing badges from accounts that are inactive or have incomplete profiles to help streamline our work and to expand this to include additional types of accounts over the course of 2021”.
This new system is set to roll out “early 2021” and the company went further to share a draft of its new verification policy in order to gain public feedback. The policy details are more specifically which accounts can be verified and introduces additional guidelines that could limit some accounts from receiving the blue badge.
The company is asking users to take a survey on its policy before December 8th. If you’d rather tweet your feedback, Twitter asks you to tag #VerificationFeedback in the tweets.
If no changes to this proposal are made, the accounts that will be eligible for verification would be the six types of accounts.
Each type of account must meet specific requirements in order to receive verification.
For example, news organizations will have to adhere to professional standards for journalism, and independent or freelance journalists will need to provide at least three bylines in qualifying organizations published in the last six months.