How Do I Verify my Twitter Account Once Again
How Do I Verify my Twitter Account Once Again

Twitter announced it will begin rolling out its new verification application system, which allows public figures and other accounts of high public interest to distinguish themselves with a checkmark that indicates they are who they say they are — like a government official, journalist, celeb, brand or business, or other notable name.

Guide to submit a verification application right now

Over the next few weeks, Twitter will begin to display the new verification application directly in the Account Setting tab to all users globally.

All users will soon be able to submit a verification application directly from their account settings screen.

Whether an application is accepted will depend the user fitting into one of six categories that are eligible for verification.

You’ll then receive an emailed response in one to four weeks, depending on how many open applications are in the queue at the time.

Applications are processed by a newly expanded team at Twitter, not automated, which is why things may slow down at busy times.

If approved, you’ll receive the profile badge automatically. And if denied, you can reapply 30 days after receiving Twitter’s decision. There’s no limit on how many times you can reapply, however.

Image: Twitter; image of verification application screen

The return of verification will greatly expand access to the blue badge that only around 360,000 Twitter users hold today.

What ‘Verified’ Means?

Twitter clarifies that a blue badge indicates that an account of high public interest is authentic. It doesn’t mean anything more than that.

Regardless of how authentic an account is, however, a verification badge can be removed for repeated violations of Twitter’s rules and guidelines.

Twitter Verification applications have been closed since 2017

Verification applications have been closed to the public since 2017. The system was officially paused in 2017 as the company grappled with consumer confusion over what it meant to be verified.

Twitter has continued to verify accounts on a case by case basis, though some individuals and organizations deserving of verification have invariably been left out.

At the time, Twitter said it decided to close public applications due to the perception that a verified badge implied an endorsement.

While the checkmark was only meant to serve as an indicator that someone’s account was authentic, many viewed badgeholders as having some sort of elevated status on Twitter’s platform.

This issue came to a head when it was discovered Twitter had verified the account belonging to Jason Keller, the person who organized the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, even as genuinely noteworthy individuals were struggling to get their own accounts verified.

Although Twitter quietly continued to verify candidates running for public office, public officials, journalists and others in the years since, there was no longer an “official” means of requesting verification.

In late 2020, Twitter finally announced it would relaunch account verifications in early 2021 and debuted a draft of its policy for public feedback. Although Twitter is running a little behind schedule — it’s closer to mid-2021, after all — it is again reopening applications and publishing its new guidelines, which are largely unchanged from their initial publication.

Twitter’s new guidelines state verification - How to Apple For Twitter Verification

Verification applications will be available to everyone over the next few weeks from the Twitter app’s Account Settings tab.

Twitter’s new guidelines state verification status be revoked for the following reasons:

  • The account becomes inactive or incomplete.
  • The person is no longer in the position which initially made them eligible for verification.
  • Attempts made to impersonate or mislead users by changing display name or bio.
  • Severe violations committed that result in immediate suspension.

To become verified, an account must first establish its authenticity by providing a photo of an official government-issued ID, or by providing an official email address relevant to the category chosen, or an official website referencing the Twitter account.

Twitter Verification Eligibility

To qualify for verification, users must fit the criteria of one of the six categories listed below:


Companies, brands and organizations

News organizations and journalists


Sports and gaming

Activists, organizers, and other influential individuals

Image: Twitter

Each of the specified categories then has its own sets of rules for what qualifies a person for verification.

While these are far too extensive to detail here (you can read through the full policy for that), there are a few rules worth highlighting. For example, journalists have to adhere to professional standards, like fact-checking, to qualify. Being listed in professional databases, like IMDb or Sportradar, can aid in verification for those in entertainment or gaming. And being mentioned by verified press in news articles can help brands and many individuals qualify.

The full rules are fairly detailed, and particularly when it comes to the catch-all category of “other influential individuals.” Here, Twitter has come up with a system that requires a combination of criteria related to both Twitter activity and off-site notability to be deemed noteworthy.

For example, a stable Wikipedia article, profile on Google Trends, news mentions or being listed among the leadership on an official website with “known advocacy work,” can help influential individuals qualify, along with at least one indication of being influential on Twitter itself. This includes meeting a bar for follower count or on-site activity, as defined by Twitter’s criteria.

Twitter says it will hold verified accounts accountable for their tweets. In addition to having to follow the Twitter Rules like everyone else (even Trump couldn’t avoid penalty, you probably recall), verified accounts that violate rules will be stripped of their badge. This penalty may be determined on a case-by-case basis, Twitter says. An egregious violation could see the badge immediately removed, but other violations may not see the same measure taken.

Verified accounts also have to have a “complete” profile, meaning profile name, profile image and either a confirmed email or confirmed phone number. The account must be active in the last six months, as well, and can’t have a Twitter Rule violation in the last 12 months that resulted in a seven-day or 12-hour lockout.

Twitter plans to add more categories to the eligibility list later this year, such as scientists, academics, and religious leaders.

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