The Twitter microblogging platform is reportedly testing a new verification process for its Blue followers, which will involve submitting a government ID. According to the company, the feature is being tested in the United States, where it’s found in the Android version of the Twitter app. However, it’s still unclear if the feature is being tested outside.
As reported by TechCrunch, the new verification process involves submitting a photo of the user’s government ID (front and back). This, along with a selfie, will verify their Twitter account. The company says adding a photo ID and selfie request to Blue’s verification process will help fight identity theft.
Like Edit Tweets and other features, this new verification process is locked behind a wall of fees and is only available to Twitter Blue subscribers.
Users are informed by the microblogging platform that the new verification process will take about three minutes and that their photos and personal information will be shared with a third party to verify their identity.
This means the platform partnered with a company to manage the authentication process instead of managing it directly, according to the report.
It would also be a much more reliable method of verification, especially in a time when users can only pay a few dollars a month (or year) to get or keep a “verified” check mark. color. The checkmarks, in a pure Musk genius, come in a variety of colors – blue, gray, and yellow – and if that wasn’t enough, Twitter has also added an “Official” badge.
Last month, after launching Twitter Blue with verification service in India starting at Rs 650 per month, CEO Elon Musk reiterated that all old Blue badges will be phased out soon.