Weeks after pausing the process, Twitter has resumed accepting applications for accounts to be recognized as verified (those that earn the official blue checkmark).
On Monday, the platform made the news.
To streamline the “application flow and review process,” Twitter said it stopped allowing accounts to request verification.
Verified Twitter accounts are usually associated with public personalities such as government officials, celebrities, and social media influencers with a large following.
We’re back to rolling out access to request a blue badge.— Twitter Verified (@verified) September 13, 2021
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“To receive the blue badge, your account must be authentic, notable, and active,” Twitter said.
The pause also came after Twitter verified a “small number” of inauthentic accounts.
The social platform re-launched its verification program in May after it had been closed for three years.
The 2017 pause followed criticism of its decision to verify Jason Kessler, an organizer of the white nationalist Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Va., that resulted in the death of a counter-protester. Twitter had also pulled verification for white nationalist Richard Spencer.