Twitter Paused its Verification Applications – Again

Are you among the many people who really want to get that little, blue, verified checkmark on Twitter? Sadly, you are going to be stuck waiting for an indefinite period of time. Twitter has paused its verification process (once again).

The Twitter Verified account tweeted: “We’ve temporarily hit pause on rolling out access to apply for Verification so we can make improvements to the application and review process. For those who have been waiting, we know this may be disappointing. We want to get things right, and appreciate your patience.”

Engadget reported that Twitter has not said when it plans to start taking applications for the verified checkmark again. According to Engadget, Twitter said it is taking time to implement tweaks for both the application and review processes.

As Engadget reported, there was a briefly verified fake Cormac McCarthy account. A quick glance at Wikipedia shows that the writer died in 1933 at the age of 88. Engadget pointed out that an account holder has to provide evidence that they are who they say they are. One example is a government ID. Clearly, Cormac McCarthy could not have provided that himself, from beyond the grave!

The Verge reported that in 2017, Twitter verified one of the organizers behind the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. There was backlash against giving that user a verified account. As you may recall, the rally resulted in the death of Heather Heyer, an activist who was protesting those who organized and attended the rally.

In addition, The Verge reported that Twitter admitted that several fake accounts, which reportedly seemed to be part of a botnet, were incorrectly verified.

These are vivid examples of why Twitter needed to “implement minor tweaks” for both the application and review processes before an account is given the blue verified checkmark.

The verified blue checkmark could be viewed as a vanity thing. It shows people that you are who you say you are, and potentially makes people more interested in seeing what you tweet. Having a verified blue checkmark also has a practical purpose. Having one makes it much harder for people to attempt to impersonate you on Twitter.