A few weeks ago, Twitter made it official that the account verification service would open its doors this year. The platform has already opened the verification process to certain users. Until now, the company only allowed the verification of political profiles or those belonging to an organization or government. Since January 22nd of this year, Twitter allows applying for profile verification if the user meets the new platform conditions.
What Are The Requirements To Verify My Twitter Account?
Before proceeding with the profile verification on Twitter, it is important to know the new policies that the social network will apply. According to the company’s official blog, only the following types of profiles can be verified:
- Companies, brands, and non-profit organizations
- Activists, organizers, and other influencers.
Given the current health situation caused by the coronavirus, the company has opened this requirement to the following profiles:
- Medical professionals during pandemics or other healthcare and public health crises.
- Organizers, supporters, or founders of campaigns in support of human rights.
- Journalists and public safety accounts reporting on natural disasters.
- Local activists and political leaders in times of protest or connection with a notable cultural event (protests, struggles).
If your profile does not meet any of these requirements, Twitter allows certain profiles to qualify if they meet the following requirements:
Profiles with Fame and Recognition Outside Twitter
- If you have at least one profile in Google Trends with evidence of recent search activity.
- If you have at least one Wikipedia page with at least three external references to different and non-affiliated sources or directly related to the profile in question.
- Three or more notable mentions within the 6 months before application in news media that meet Twitter News criteria.
- If it is a leadership reference whose account or holder’s name has gained a presence on an official website or webpage associated with recognized activist work.
Profiles with Activity Outside Twitter
- If the total number of followers reaches 0.1% of the active Twitter accounts with the most followers in the same country.
- If it is among the top 0.05% of active accounts in the same country with the highest volume of conversation, based on mentions, on the follower growth rate, or other internal signals.
- If credited with creating a hashtag movement that is capturing a large volume of conversation and audience within a given community.
Twitter is not limited to the above criteria for verifying profiles. The social network has drafted an entire exclusion list where they list some of the reasons why the platform reserves the right to not accept profiles in its verification program. The requirements are as follows:
- Consistent use of Twitter in the 6 months before the verification request is demonstrated.
- Acceptance of the Twitter Rules.
- No content is posted with the intent to harass, embarrass, or insult an individual or group, especially based on race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, medical or genetic condition, veteran status, refugee status, or immigrant status.
- You do not publish content that promotes the supremacy of any of these criteria.
- You do not post content with the interests of members of any group in a manner that could be perceived as demeaning based on the above categories.
Also, Twitter reserves the right to disallow the following profiles:
- Mascots and fictional characters, except for those directly associated with a verified company, brand, or organization on the social network.
- Parody, news feeds, comments, fans, and others.
- Accounts involved in serious non-compliance with Twitter policies regarding spam and manipulation of the platform (buying and selling of followers and interactions).
- Individuals or groups associated with a coordinated harmful activity, or hate speech postings, which may be defined by Twitter’s ad policies or with an international court or tribunal.
As a new addition to the previous verification process, Twitter has drafted a whole sheet where several of the reasons why the social network reserves the right to remove the verification of the profile (“remove the verified badge”). The points collected by the platform are as follows:
- Intentional misrepresentation or misleading people on the social network by altering the display name or profile biography.
- A serious breach of Twitter policies.
- Repeating serious violations in publications through tweets, including the following behaviors:
- Hateful behavior or attitude.
- Abusive behavior or attitude.
- Behavior or attitude that incites hatred.
- The glorification of violence.
- Civic integrity policy.
- Policy on private information.
- Policy regarding spam and manipulation of the platform.
The platform states that the removal of the Twitter verified badge for repeated violations will be assessed on a case-by-case basis on an individual basis, while it is not an automatic process.
Here’s how you can verify your Twitter Account in 2021
If you meet all the above requirements, the process to verify your profile is simple. First of all, you have to go to the Twitter settings by clicking on Settings and privacy in the side menu of the application. Once inside, click on Account and finally on Request verification in the Account information section, as shown in the image below.
After requesting verification, the application will most likely request a series of documents to verify the profile, such as a photograph of the ID along with the information that proves that you are a profile that meets the verification requirements. Links to media, mention in official sites, photographs, printed documents belonging to newspapers, books or magazines, and so on.
What if the Verification Option Does Not Appear on your Profile
At the moment, the social network has limited its verification program to certain countries and/or users. In case the option does not appear in the application settings, you can always contact the social network profile in the country of residence (@Twitter in English, @TwitterEspana in Spain), either through a tweet or through the Twitter Direct Message option.
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