Copious verification for micro-blogging seems to be the action plan. Elon Musk’s acquisition platform, Twitter reportedly testing government ID-based verification. Revealed through code-level insights by the product intelligence firm Watchful.ai, it appears that Twitter is working on its plans to expand the list of deemed-to-be features for the subscribers on its revenue-generating asset Twitter Blue.
The updated verification process for Twitter Blue subscribers involves the user submitting a government ID in an image format, both front and back. In addition, they will submit a selfie photo to get their Twitter account verified. This feature is exclusive to Twitter Blue subscribers, just one of many other premium features including the ability to edit tweets, upload longer videos, create and organize bookmarks, and more. However, it is unclear if this is being tested externally.
Since Musk took the throne, Twitter has been in controversies. The platform was called out for its revised verification process where users could simply buy a verification mark for themselves, regardless of their prominence, which was in contrast to the old and sensible system where users were verified on the basis of certain criteria of esteem – like artists, politicians, business personnel and other public figures. After all the backlash and misuse of the policy where users began to mimic themselves as high-profile individuals and even firms, they decided to hold off on the plan and relaunch it after implementing additional security measures. Users needed to verify their phone numbers before buying a Twitter Blue subscription. A 7-day restriction was also imposed on the user in regard to changing their username, display name, and even profile picture prior to initiating the verification process. Nevertheless, Twitter also designed one more money-making machine named as a Golden Checkmark for verification of businesses and affiliate accounts.
While the platform still continues to be prone to fake accounts impersonating real users, as reported by The Washington Post earlier this year, asking for a photo ID upon verification is a move towards stricter verification measures that aims at enhancing the platform’s security and credibility. When it comes to taking proactive measures to ensure authenticity, for a photo-based verification, what could be better than a government ID?
To address raised security concerns over time, Twitter reportedly testing government ID- based verification approach is appreciable and renders high hopes towards enhancing the user experience for its millions of users worldwide as a trustworthy platform. Let us know your thoughts on this in the comments box below.