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Twitter verification is open for everyone

Talha Saqib Written by Talha Saqib · 1 min read>

Well, if you think that getting the blue-check-mark verification badge on your Twitter profile will make you feel like a celebrity or any public figure, then the news is that the social media giant is planning to make the signature blue tick available to anyone.

It’s true that in past the verification was just for the high-profile accounts including politicians, celebrities, journalists, and other public figures, to let people know that the account was original. But this led the feature to emerge as a status symbol and a form of endorsement from Twitter, making a goal for the users to achieve the blue checkmark.

Now, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has stated on a recent live stream that the way the functionality exists now, is rather ‘broken’ due to the above-mentioned concerns. As with the verification system, the social networking platform intends “to mean identity” to make sure nobody impersonates anyone and they are identified as who they say they are on the platform.

Jack said, The intention is to open verification for everyone and to do it in a way that is scalable where we (Twitter) are not in the way. And people can verify more facts about themselves and we don’t have to be the judge or imply any bias on our part.

However, the users have confused the feature with some sort of credibility that Twitter backs ups the accounts with the verified badges.

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, he added. According to him, the expansion of the verification system would be done in stages.

All in all, this seems a good approach from Twitter that now most accounts’ identity would be confirmed instead of just the important ones.

On a side note, if almost everyone would achieve the badge – known for making your profile stand out, then it might lose its charm and wouldn’t actually make you feel like a celebrity. But if one would still feel that way then it is altogether a good news for that person.

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Written by Talha Saqib
Well, I am Talha. An introverted fellow pursuing a degree in Computer Science from FAST-NUCES. In past, I've been a freelance graphic designer which I still am to some extent. My deep interest in technology and reporting has made me do what I do here - cover tech news. I may look like a nerd but I am more about movies, TV shows, anime, art and especially video games. In any case, you can reach me out on Twitter: TalhaSaqib101 and Facebook: talha.saqib.9 Profile