Twitter Verification: Company May Open Verification Up To Everyone
Mar 10 2018
"And to do it in a way that is scalable, [so] we're not in the way and people can verify more facts about themselves, and we don't have to be the judge and imply any bias on our part".
Twitter CEO Jack Dorseysaid Friday he plans on exploring potential ways to make the process work without being accused of partiality, Fortune reported.
When Twitter first added the blue checkmark to indicate verified profiles, it was originally given out to large public figures, such as celebrities. The badges "must be applied by Twitter", and these accounts typically are "maintained by users in music, acting, fashion, government, politics, religion. and other key interest areas". Twitter eventually began verifying other users including artists, journalists and other people of interest who were active on the platform.
Similarly, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been continuously deniedverification by Twitter. Portions of the public were also unhappy that the tech giant wouldn't suspend President Donald Trump's Twitter profile even after he seemed to technically break some rules.
Twitter came out to specify that the blue tick was to be seen as verification and not as an endorsement or approval, as it had come to be perceived.
What will verification mean in the future?
Think about it: Who do you normally associate with blue check marks?
Dorsey stated that he believes the decision to increase Twitter's character count from 140 characters to 280 has helped increase the health of conversations on the platform saying "I do think the more space we give people to think and be critical about what they see and express".
Twitter's CEO says more people will have access to verification, but the verification process is going to roll out in sequences so that the company can put more focus on what they think are the most significant issues around verification, starting with U.S. elections. If verification becomes a ubiquitous way to prove real users, then the unverified and possibly bot-run accounts could become more obvious. "All the while, it has to demonstrate its commitment to upholding free speech, while also limiting hate speech".
As a result, Twitter temporarily closed off the verification process previous year - although this has since resumed.