After verifying some clearly fake accounts Twitter paused verification a month ago.
Exactly 30 days later the company has re-opened verification.
We’re back to rolling out access to request a blue badge.
If you’re planning to apply and don’t yet have access, keep checking your account settings. Thanks for sticking with us.
— Twitter Verified (@verified) September 13, 2021
Even though it has re-opened, more often than not if you apply for verification you will find your request rejected.
The company also provided the criteria applicants need to meet to be verified.
- For any company/brand/organization and those applying as an activist/influential individual, your follower count must be in the top .05% of active accounts located in the same geographic region.
- For journalists, your Twitter profile must reference the news org you’re affiliated with and link to its official website
- The news org(s) you reference must be a notable, Verified organization as listed in twitter’s policy.
- In the application, journalists must link to their specific about page/bio, or to articles that reference them on the news org’s official site.
- Independent or freelance journalists must provide links to 3 articles in Verified publications in the 6 months before applying.
Twitter also said they will be adding more guidelines within the application process to help applicants.
Currently only the following 6 categories are eligible:
- Companies, brands and organizations
- News organizations and journalists
- Sports and gaming
- Activists, organizers, and other influential individuals
Twitter says they may introduce more categories in time, such as scientists, academics, and religious leaders.
The process is rolling out slowly, so if the option to apply is not available immediately Twitter says do not panic, as it will come to all eventually.