For the better part of three years now it’s been almost impossible for people to obtain “verified” status on Twitter. That’s the source of the little blue checkmark you see next to some users’ names. Back in 2017 there was some sort of “controversy” over supposed white supremacists being verified and general complaints from the rest of the public about not having requests processed or answered, After that, the system seemed to essentially disappear and the only people who wound up getting blue checkmarks were the seriously famous people who had newly created accounts.
According to a report from the Android Police, that may be about to change. Some pending code in Twitter’s test site revealed the addition of a “request verification” option. When they looked into it and asked the company to comment, Twitter responded by saying that the verification system was making a comeback.
Twitter has quite a troublesome history with verified accounts. For a long time, it’s been unclear when an account qualifies to get the blue checkmark, and following controversy over verified white supremacists in 2017, the company essentially halted the program, promising to revamp it in the future. It looks like that time is about to come, as app sleuth Jane Manchun Wong spotted some code on the Twitter website pointing to a “Request verification” option in Settings.
After this discovery, TechCrunch reached out to Twitter to ask the company about its plans, and it confirmed that it’s working to bring the feature back for everyone. In contrast to the past, the social network also wants to publish public guidelines on how and when accounts would be allowed to become verified. Previously, Twitter only had internal rules that supposedly stated that any account of “public interest” would be able to get the blue checkmark.