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Twitter Plans to Relaunch Verification Program Next Year

News Link: Twitter Plans to Relaunch Verification Program Next Year – By MK (Editor)

Twitter Inc on Tuesday released plans for its new policy on how people are “verified” on the site. The company has long promised to address confusion and criticisms over the blue check-mark badges it uses to authenticate the identity of prominent accounts.

The social media company said in a blog post here that it plans to relaunch its verification program. Including a new public application process, in early 2021. It said a public feedback period for the new policy would open on Tuesday and run until Dec. 8.

Twitter said it paused public submissions for verification in 2017. It said at the time the check mark was being confused with “an endorsement or an indicator of importance.”

A year later, Twitter said it was putting fixes to the verification program. That is on the back burner to focus on issues like election integrity though it has continued to verify some accounts. Like, medical experts tweeting about COVID-19 this year.

“Since then, we haven’t been clear about who can become verified and when, why an account might be unverified, or what it means to be verified.” Twitter said in the Tuesday blog post.

The company laid out more detailed criteria here for the “core types” of notable, active accounts it will verify. Those are like government officials, companies, nonprofits, news organizations, entertainers, sports teams, athletes and activists.

Twitter said it also may verify accounts that meet other standards.

That includes being one of the top-followed accounts in the user’s country and having “off-Twitter notability,” which could be assessed through Google search trends, Wikipedia references or coverage in news outlets.

The company said it may cut the blue badge from accounts that severely or repeatedly violate rules. That are count its policies on hateful conduct, civic integrity or glorification of violence. But it said these removals will be on case to case basis and not an automatic one.

Twitter also released proposed grounds for denying verification, for example, accounts that have been locked out for violating rules in the last six months. Or accounts of individuals associated with hateful content or who have been found to have committed “gross human rights violations.”

Twitter aims to introduce the final policy on Dec. 17. It also indicated plans for more ways for users to identify themselves with new account types and labels.

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News Link: Twitter Plans to Relaunch Verification Program Next Year – By MK (Editor)


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