Blue Checks For Everyone! Twitter Wants Everyone To Be 'Verified'

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey

In 2016, Twitter allowed any user to apply for a Blue badge by asking them to fill a form as why their account should be verified.

"The intention is to open verification to everyone, and to do it in a way that is scalable where [Twitter is] not in the way", the CEO said.

Twitter's elusive blue checkmark that identifies verified users on the platform may soon be made available to every user, according to company CEO Jack Dorsey. It seems that Twitter's hope with whatever verification platform it eventually roles out is that users will be verified based purely on proving there identity.

While Dorsey did not elaborate on how the verification process will work, it can be assumed that similar to other social networking services, the solution could include furnishing government ID, linking Google or Facebook accounts, giving reference website links and so on. As fears of political propaganda and Russian sock puppets hang over the platform, verifying everyone - not just newsmakers and media members - could help resurrect the marker's initial goal: that this user is who they claim to be.

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Twitter's CEO says more people will have access to verification, but the verification process is going to roll out in sequences so that the company can put more focus on what they think are the most significant issues around verification, starting with USA elections. As it stands, only celebrities, creators, and other high-profile figures like established journalists can add the blue checkmark-an online status symbol of sorts-to their account. The four spent most of the conversation taking questions from viewers and sharing how Twitter is focusing on the health of the platform.

For that very reason, Twitter came under fire when it verified a number of alt-right figures including white supremacists and white nationalists.

The idea behind the blue badge was never to endorse certain accounts, but to verify the account holder's identity, company product manager David Gasca said during the stream. By allowing everyone to decide for themselves, Twitter will put itself on the sidelines of the debate and make users responsible for their own identity. We're going to be as open as we can.

"The more clarity we can build, the more trust we'll have", said Dorsey.

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