Twitter Blue-tick badges normally reserved for the accounts of high-profile figures are to be rolled out to all users who provide correct and confirmed information.
An application process via an online form will now be available to every user of the micro-blogging site, Twitter said, adding that accounts “may be verified if determined to be of public interest”. Until now, the verification badge has been reserved for those accounts that were deemed “official”. Twitter described these as “public figures and organisations in music, TV, film, fashion, government, politics, religion, journalism, media, sports, business, and other key interest areas”.
The move may help to reduce abusive behaviour on the site, as verified status will be offered only to confirmed accounts – anonymous ones will be refused a tick.
In a blogpost announcing the new system, Twitter’s Tina Bhatnagar said: “Our goal with this update is to help more people find great, high-quality accounts to follow, and for creators and influencers – no matter where they are in the world – to easily connect with a broader audience.”
Those who wish to apply for a verification badge will still have to meet some criteria, however, with accounts in question requiring a verified phone number, email address, website and public tweet settings attached to them.