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Twitter says it will be stricter when giving verification badges

/ 04:01 PM November 16, 2017

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Planning to get that blue check on your Twitter profile? You may have to wait a little longer as the social media site announced on Wednesday that it will tighten its rules in giving users verification badges.

In a series of tweets posted by Twitter’s official support page, it said that it has temporarily suspended its operations to verify accounts while they work on a new authentication program.

Citing that verification “has long been perceived as an endorsement” by users, the social media site also admitted fault in giving away the badges easily. The Verge reported that Twitter loosened its rules on the badges last year to make it easier for people to find influencers.

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Twitter stressed that the original goal of account verification was “to authenticate identity and voice.”

“Verification has long been perceived as an endorsement. We gave verified accounts visual prominence on the service which deepened this perception,” Twitter further clarified.

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Twitter will also conduct reviews and strip badges from accounts that will break Twitter’s rules, once these are amended.

The move comes after Twitter verified white supremacist leader Jason Kessler’s account, drawing widespread flak from users, The Verge reported. Kessler organized the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in the United States, back in August. Katrina Hallare/JB

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