Twitter may add the option for anyone to become verified

Twitter may add the option for anyone to become verified

"The intention is to provide open verification to everyone and to do it in a way that's scalable, where Twitter is not in the way, people can verify more facts about themselves and we don't have to be the judge or imply any bias on our part", said Dorsey as quoted by The Verge.

Earlier this month, Twitter began soliciting proposals from the public to help the platform capture, measure and evaluate healthy interactions.

Furthermore, Twitter product director David Gasca noted during the stream that one of the problems with the verification platform is that people view the blue checkmark as an endorsement by the company, which is not the case.

Within the previous year, Twitter has drawn national media attention and heightened scrutiny from members of Congress over attempts by foreign users to meddle in the 2016 presidential election, efforts to harass and abuse other users, and the abundance of automated accounts that amplify misinformation.

Twitter can also revoke your verification at any time for promoting hate, violence or harm to others. "Working now to fix faster".

Gasca said that verification was supposed to mean "identity", "status" and a way to "counter impersonation". The head of product health said that the blue verification check-mark was created to address identity, but it came to mean "credibility" and was perceived, incorrectly, to mean that users with the check-mark were somehow supported by the site - that Twitter "stood behind" them and their views. In November, the accounts of several far-right personalities had their blue check marks removed for violations of Twitter's hate speech policy.

"So today, the check mark means identity, but it also means status ... but it's also used to counter impersonations - this is not a fan, not a parody account, not satire", he explained. People running for office in upcoming US elections would take priority, he said, to prevent users from impersonating candidates and to boost credibility.

If everyone does get verified, it should mean that real users become easily identifiable while unverified trolls and bot accounts stand out more.

Twitter was not available for immediate comment.

Hence, before Twitter starts the verification process again, it has to clarify what the verified symbol means.

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