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Twitter updating user verification system to clarify misunderstandings caused by badges

/ 05:43 PM June 10, 2020
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Twitter is revamping its account verification system to make the purpose of the blue verification badge more clear. Image: hocus-focus / Istock.com

As recently discovered by Jane Manchun Wong and confirmed by the company, Twitter is updating its account verification system.

Since the account verification system was conceived, Twitter users have coveted the blue badge that the company attaches to notable accounts of public interest. While it was designed to be an indicator to users that an account is authentic, it has come to be understood as a symbol of importance and endorsement by Twitter, a connotation that the company is working on altering.

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The company confirmed in their Help Center that “our verified account program is currently on hold. We are not accepting any new requests at this time.” However, reverse engineer Jane Manchun Wong discovered in the platform’s code that the “Request verification” option within a user’s settings will be making a comeback.

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TOPICS: authentication, Social Media, Twitter, verification badge
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