Elon Musk took over Twitter last May and paused the verification program after a three-year hiatus. There is, however, a statement from Musk to the effect that Twitter will “tentatively” launch Verified around December 2 and then manually authenticate all verified accounts before activating the check before the account is considered verified.
A manual method of authenticating verified accounts is definitely a smart idea. This is because after Musk’s takeover of Twitter, the company began offering blue check marks to Twitter Blue subscribers as well. However, they failed to verify their identities, which led to the impersonation of popular figures and brands by fake accounts.
Authenticating verified accounts will begin on December 2
Musk also announced that Twitter will now offer three colors for the check marks – gold, grey, and blue – alongside the tentative launch of the verification service. In the case of companies, gold is used, while for governments, gray is used, and for individuals, blue is used.
In addition, Musk said that individuals now have the option of having a tiny logo, indicating that they are members of an organization. This is if their affiliation with that organization has been confirmed.
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There is a lot of confusion over whether Twitter will use the same criteria as before or if it will update the criteria as a result of this announcement. I believe we will be getting more clarity on the verification process next week from Musk, since he has promised a “longer explanation” next week.
Twitter Authenticating verified accounts will begin on December 2
Hopefully, now that we have more clarity about the verification process, and it won’t feel so random, it will be easier for the verification process to work. As a result of Twitter’s relaunch last year, the way in which Twitter verified accounts raised some questions and left some users confused. This is because many accounts did not meet the criteria but still received the blue checkmark.
The tech billionaire is the one who has been championing “free speech” and has taken the fight against fake accounts and spambots on Twitter to heart. With the tech billionaire promoting “free speech,” we expect the tech billionaire to come up with a solution to impersonation and implement a verification process that is both transparent and fair.