For a lot of people getting that blue tick — the verified account symbol — is quite a big deal. It was supposedly meant to add credibility (not true) and perhaps in the early days of Twitter it did actually mean something. Over the years, however, it lost its charm and eventually Twitter closed the verification programme in 2017.
However, now it looks like that Twitter is set to reintroduce the feature. According to a report by Tech Crunch, reverse engineer Jane Manchun Wong has spotted the feature on Twitter. Wong had tweeted about the feature and then Twitter confirmed her finding to Tech Crunch.
Twitter is working on “Request Verification” 👀— Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane) June 7, 2020
(I’m not Twitter employee. I’m not tech support) pic.twitter.com/ED58QsD7kM
Twitter said that it will make it public on what criteria an account was verified. The idea behind it seems to have transparency and quality and users will know why a particular account was verified.
Not that Twitter verified accounts earlier without any guidelines but they were privately done and not revealed to the public. Twitter hasn’t confirmed on when exactly the new verification feature will be rolled out to the users.
In 2017, the Twitter verification feature was put “on hold” as several users had created a furore over certain accounts getting verified. Twitter, in 2018, had said that it was working on reviving the feature and now there’s confirmation that it will once again be made available.
As a popular social media platform, Twitter is often criticised for handling certain matters pertaining to online abuse and harassment. The company keeps on improving and altering the guidelines but the problem continues to persist. In the last couple of weeks, however, Twitter seems to have up the ante.
So much so, that certain tweets made by US president Donald Trump were also flagged. One tweet by Trump was flagged and removed for glorifying violence while another for copyright violation as well.