Twitter announced today, Tuesday, that it will re-launch the account verification process early next year, and announced completely new guidelines for users searching for that little blue badge.
Today’s Twitter announcement confirms a previous report published last June from app researcher (Jin Manchun Wong) who stated at the time that the company was creating a new authentication system.
In a post on its blog, Twitter confirmed that this new system will be launched in “early 2021”. The site is now asking for comments on a draft proposal for the documentation process.
If no changes are made to this proposal, the accounts that will be eligible for verification will include government accounts, companies, brands, non-profits, news, entertainment and sports media, activists, and organizers, in addition to what Twitter calls “other influential individuals.”
Each type of account must meet specific requirements, such as: a description in a media, in order to obtain the blue authentication badge.
A draft of the new Twitter policy can be viewed through its link, and Twitter plans to release the final policy on December 17th.
The site also announced a new draft of the rules clarifying when the authentication badge can be withdrawn. If a user who had obtained the authentication badge changed his name displayed on the site, or a profile of it to mislead users about their true identity, the site can withdraw the badge. Frequent Terms of Service violations may also result in the loss of the authentication badge.
Twitter is asking users to answer survey questions about its policy before December 8th. If the user prefers to comment on the policy with a tweet, the site has requested that users place the hashtag #VerificationFeedbak in the tweets.