Twitter announced Tuesday that it would re-launch the account verification process early next year and announced new guidelines for Twitter users looking for that little blue badge.
The Twitter announcement confirms an earlier report published in June from app researcher Jin Manchun Wong, who said at the time that the company was creating a new authentication system.
In a post on its blog, the company confirmed that this new system would be introduced in “early 2021”. The company is now requesting comments on a draft proposal for the documentation process.
If no changes are made to this proposal, the accounts that will be eligible for verification will include government accounts, companies, brands, non-profits, news, entertainment, and sports media, activists, and organizers, in addition to what Twitter calls “other influential individuals.”
Each type of account must meet specific requirements, such as a media description, to obtain the blue authentication badge.
A draft of the new Twitter policy can be viewed through its link, and the company plans to issue the final policy on December 17th.
Twitter also announced a new draft of the rules that clarifies when the authentication badge can be withdrawn. If a user who had obtained the authentication badge changed his name displayed on the site or a profile of it to mislead users about their true identity, the site could withdraw the badge, and repeated violations of the terms of service may also lead to the loss of the authentication badge.
Twitter is asking users to answer survey questions about its policy before December 8. If the user prefers to comment on the policy with a tweet, Twitter has asked users to place the hashtag #VerificationFeedbak in the tweets.
It is noteworthy that Twitter’s announcement today coincides with the announcement of a plan to expand the warning function – which the company added before the 2020 US presidential elections – when the user tries to like a classified tweet.