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Twitter again pauses its account verification programme after allowing inauthentic accounts

Afterit mistakenly allowed inauthentic accounts by mistake, Twitter is now looking to improve its application and review process. Towards this end, the micro-blogging platform has again pressed the pause button on its programme to verify accounts. Twitter says it Twitter had earlier put on hold a “small number” of false accounts after it re-launched its verification programme.

This the second time that Twitter has paused its programmeto verify accounts, saying that it wants to provide users with the blue badge by enhancing the application and review procedure.

Twitter  made the announcement after admitting in July that it permanently put on hold a “small number” of false accounts that was mistakenly verified by the micro-blogging platform. Twitter did so after it re-launched its public verification programme.

The company tweeted over the weekend, “We have temporarily halted the roll-out of access to the verification application so we can strengthen the application and the examination procedure.”

Twitter added, “We know that this may be disheartening for those who waited. We want everything to be right, we want your patience appreciated.”

The company said, last month, it passed the verification applications of a few false or inauthentic accounts by mistake.

Twitter said in a statement: “In our platform manipulation and spam policy, we have now forever put on hold the accounts in issue and deleted the checked badge.”

It was May when the micro-blogging platform’s new process of verification application was launched, starting with several categories, and public review applications worldwide to assist users in earning the blue badge on Twitter.

Twitter then stopped its blue badge verification programme a week after launching the application, stating that it is now rolling in requests for verification.

In 2017, before restarting this year, Twitter previously suspended the verification route.

Six categories have been re-started in the verification programme — Government, business, brands and organisations; news agencies and journalists, entertainment, sports and games, and activists, organisers and other significant people.

Twitter added that new categories, such as academics, scientists, as well as religious leaders, will be included later this year.

Twitter houses a world of varied people, views, information, and ideas.

The micro-blogging platform serves the public conversation. It wants people to have a free and secure space for a conversation. Because of that, Twitter constantly improves its rules, technology and tools.


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