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10 March 2018, 01:08 | Melanie Burgess
This blue checkmark is going to spread a lot further soon. Twitter
"And people can verify more facts about themselves and we don't have to be the judge or imply any bias on our part", Dorsey said.
During the live stream, a user commented, "I feel if everyone was verified, it would clean up this platform". However, under the new rules, it could be easier for business leaders and well-known professionals to have their Twitter accounts verified as well.
During a 45 minute long Periscope live stream Twitter said that their end-goal for verification is to create a system which users can verify facts about themselves to gain a verified Twitter handle, not necessarily for Twitter to be the judge of who can be verified, removing any bias on its part and revamping the system which now requires the company to individually select users for verification. By withholding verification under some arbitrary measure of "importance", Twitter implied that verified users were important. The badges "must be applied by Twitter", and these accounts typically are "maintained by users in music, acting, fashion, government, politics, religion. and other key interest areas". Similarly, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been continuously denied verification by Twitter.
Gasca said that verification was supposed to mean "identity", "status" and a way to "counter impersonation". Think about it: Who do you normally associate with blue check marks?
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Originally, it was created to protect against fake accounts, but it has become a a social media class symbol in recent times. Today the word on the e-streets is that Twitter Wants Everyone To Be "Verified".
During Thursday's Q&A, company officials said they were rethinking the "context" around every Twitter users' profile, like who they are, and their history on Twitter.
In a statement to The Verge, Twitter director of product David Gasca indicated that "The main problem is, we use [the checkmark] to mean identity". "All the while, it has to demonstrate its commitment to upholding free speech, while also limiting hate speech".
As more users earned the blue tick, including journalists and other high-profile figures, Twitter started facing the heat and was being presumed as a political force, responsible for de-verifying users it didn't agree with.
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