Twitter’s coveted blue badge of verification has had a rocky history. the corporate wont to allow users to request verification, but the corporate removed this feature back in 2017, choosing to verify accounts on its own. Things have changed multiple times since then, but it’s like Twitter still hasn’t ironed out its verification issues.
Twitter’s verification woes started in late 2017 after the corporate verified the account belonged to a known supremacist. the corporate had said at the time that while it intended verification as to how to authenticate who is behind the account, users had instead begun to view it as an “endorsement or indicator of importance.”
We’ve temporarily hit pause on rolling out access to apply for Verification so we can make improvements to the application and review process.
For those who have been waiting, we know this may be disappointing. We want to get things right, and appreciate your patience.
— Twitter Verified (@verified) August 13, 2021
This disconnect between intent and perception, also because of the backlash against the verification above, resulted in Twitter suspending its account verification request option. Instead, the corporate found and verified accounts on its own consistent with its standards.
After four years, things started changing when Twitter introduced new verification rules in December 2020, making it clear who could qualify to urge the verification badge. The verification requests feature went life again in May, though it had been initially limited to ‘notable’ users and makes.
Soon after opening the verification process in May, the corporate paused it again thanks to the many verification requests it received, later reopening to applications. Fast-forward to August, and Twitter has once more paused the verification requests option, saying that it needs longer for improvements and, therefore, the review process.
The decision comes only days after it had been revealed that Twitter had mistakenly verified a fake account attributed to author Cormac McCarthy. the corporate reversed the verification and didn’t shed light on how the fake account was ready to get the verified checkmark.