Owners of Twitter accounts of public interest can now apply online for verified account status.
(CCM) — The number of verified Twitter accounts is set to explode following the company's decision to allow anyone to apply for one online. Previously, Twitter took responsibility for contacting high profile celebrities and large companies to verify their accounts, but now anyone can request that a Twitter account be verified if they believe it is "an account of public interest." This includes accounts maintained by users in music, acting, fashion, government, politics, religion, journalism, media, sports, business, and other key interest areas, the company says. A verified account displays a blue check mark next to the Twitter handle to indicate that Twitter has taken steps to verify that the account represents the person, company, or brand that it purports to, and there are currently almost 190,000 verified Twitter accounts in total.
When submitting a verification request, applicants have to provide reasons why their account should be verified and detail the impact they have in their field; they may also be asked to upload a legible copy of a passport or driver's license. After submission, Twitter will consider the request and respond by email. If a request for a verified account is denied, then the account holder can submit another verification request 30 days after receiving the email.
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