Want that little blue check on your Twitter account like Q102 and all those celebrities have? Apparently it's happening soon according to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. Verification started in '09 exclusively to celebrities, political figures and “accounts of public interest.” Then last year, Twitter stopped verifying users because numerous divisive individuals were verified, which caused an uproar online.
Last week Dorsey appeared on a Periscope livestream where he said, “The intention is to open verification to everyone and to do it in a way that is scalable, where we’re not in the way and people can verify more facts about themselves, and we don’t have to be the judge and imply any bias on our part.” Twitter wants to verify everyone so that users don’t think they approve of every tweet from every verified account. “They think of it as credibility, like Twitter stands behind this person. Twitter believes that this person is someone that … what they are saying is great and authentic, which is not at all what we mean by the checkmark. So it creates a lot of confusion for these reasons,” said David Gasca, Twitter’s director of product.