Twitter Pauses Account Verification Programme After Mistakenly Approving Fake Profiles
Twitter, the popular microblogging and social networking service, has halted its account verification program, citing a need to improve the application and review process that allows people to join the blue check mark club.
According to The Verge, Twitter's decision to stop allowing new people to apply for verification comes after the platform admitted that several fake accounts that appeared to be part of a botnet were incorrectly verified.
There's still a chance you'll get verified if you applied recently — Twitter Verified has stated that it will continue to review existing applications, so the freeze is only preventing new people from applying.
In other words, if you were able to apply before, Twitter's lead says you still can. Twitter hasn't indicated that it'll be making changes to the criteria that it uses to deem accounts as verifiable or not.
According to The Verge, Twitter will "resume rolling out applications in the coming weeks."
This isn't the first time Twitter's verification program has been paused. After receiving backlash for verifying one of the organizers of the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, it put the public process on hold in 2017.
It brought back a revamped version in 2021 and paused it a week later due to an avalanche of requests.
The problems that Twitter has had with its Verified program point to the difficulties that can arise when issuing a badge that is sometimes interpreted as an endorsement by users.
The badge's purpose, according to Twitter, is to demonstrate that an account is "authentic, notable, and active," but even those criteria can cause controversy when people who are arguably notable have their applications rejected (especially when obviously fake accounts make it through).