Twitter will soon open the much-coveted blue tick verification process for all users on the platform who can prove their identity. “Twitter announced in a live stream that the company plans to offer its blue-check-mark verification badge to more of its users, an oft-requested feature,” Jack Dorsey, CEO, Twitter was quoted as saying by CNET on Friday. The micro-blogging site is working on a new process to verify people’s identity and, thus, ensure credibility. “We want to be one of the most trusted services in the world and we know we have a lot of work to get there,” he said.
However, Dorsey did not elaborate on whether this process requires users to submit a Facebook profile, phone number, email address or a government-issued photo ID. Despite its original function of authenticating accounts, the blue check mark has grown to become a status symbol. “They think of it as credibility, like Twitter stands behind this person. Twitter believes that this person is someone that … what they are saying is great and authentic, which is not at all what we mean by the checkmark. So it creates a lot of confusion for these reasons,” Jack Dorsey added.
Introduced in 2009, initially, the blue check mark distinction was bestowed primarily on celebrities, athletes, and public figures to check impersonators. The badge was later rolled out to journalists and other users. To obtain a verified check mark, users have to apply with a reason for why they need one.
To recall, Twitter has was criticized for the number of bots as well as fake accounts on its platform. Moreover, it admitted earlier this year that around 50,000 Russian-linked accounts posted content about the 2016 U.S. election.