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What are the three types of Twitter verification? Elon Musk says new offering will launch next week

Twitter is launching new verified checks next Friday, according to the platform's new CEO Elon Musk
Elon Musk revealed three types of verified checks for Twitter (Michael Gonzalez/Getty Images)
Elon Musk revealed three types of verified checks for Twitter (Michael Gonzalez/Getty Images)

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA: Twitter is reportedly launching new verified checks next week, according to the new CEO of the social media platform, Elon Musk. Musk announced on his official Twitter account on November 25, "Sorry for the delay, we’re tentatively launching Verified on Friday next week. Gold check for companies, grey check for government, blue for individuals (celebrity or not), and all verified accounts will be manually authenticated before the check activates.” 

“All verified individual humans will have the same blue check, as the boundary of what constitutes “notable” is otherwise too subjective. Individuals can have a secondary tiny logo showing they belong to an org if verified as such by that org. Longer explanation next week,” Musk added. The latest announcement comes after Twitter was flooded with fake accounts where several people created verified accounts on Twitter impersonating celebrities, politicians, and companies by just paying $8 for it. 


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The next day, Twitter had to pull out from its original plan to launch its much-awaited blue verified check. Meanwhile, many users were unconvinced by Musk’s announcement and many wondered what he meant by the term "manually authenticated". One person wrote on Twitter, “Elon, can you elaborate on what manual authentication means? Does that mean users will have to provide some sort of an ID verification to prove they’re who they claim to be?” “You should consider basic KYC/electronic verification for personal accounts, the automation of these processes advanced significantly due to the rise of #Fintech,” another added. 


Someone noted, “Celebrities are a massive part of Twitter and for a lot of people, the reason they joined the platform. Think it might be missing a trick to not have a different tick to mark them out.” “Still think it will cause a lot of impersonations,” yet another user added. Earlier, under Twitter’s old verification system, famous users and accounts considered to be of public interest could apply for a checkmark to verify their identity free of charge. Musk had criticized the guidelines as a "lords and peasants system" and framed the significant changes he has ushered in as a means to democratize the platform. 






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