Getting your Twitter account verified | or the opposite of it!

Today I received an email from a stranger who claimed to verify Twitter accounts for free. It had a link to a YouTube video showing how to do that. 

On its support page, Twitter says, "The blue verified badge on Twitter lets people know that an account of public interest is authentic." However, that is half the truth.  

When I checked the veracity of the claim made in the video, I discovered things that I must share with my genuine blogging/ social media friends. So this post.

Twitter does not do manual 'verification' of accounts


We see many accounts, especially of celebrities and corporations, on which there is a blue tick mark to show that it has been verified by Twitter. In public perception, this is a certificate from Twitter that the site is not only genuine, it is important. 

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Twitter used to verify accounts that officially belonged to public figures. Then it started seeking submissions from Twitter account holders and verified accounts if they met its verification criteria. It would un-verify an account if the account posted bad content or acted in a manner that was inappropriate according to Twitter policies. 

From February 2018, Twitter has stopped that.  It has posted this message on its account @TwitterSupport:

  • Verification was meant to authenticate identity & voice but it is interpreted as an endorsement or an indicator of importance. We recognize that we have created this confusion and need to resolve it. We have paused all general verifications while we work and will report back soon. 
  • Verification has long been perceived as an endorsement. We gave verified accounts' visual prominence on the service which deepened this perception. We should have addressed this earlier but did not prioritize the work as we should have.
  • This perception became worse when we opened up verification for public submissions and verified people who we in no way endorse.
  • We're working on a new authentication and verification program. In the meantime, we are not accepting any public submissions for verification and have introduced new guidelines for the program.
That means, the tips and tricks for Twitter verification as given in YouTube videos or on the posts earlier posted on blogs and social accounts no longer work. Twitter will, perhaps based on genuineness of actions being taken on the account, come out with new verification norms some day. As of 2020, it has not done so.

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