Twitter opens account verification to all

The platform now allows anyone to apply to get the blue checkmark next to their name. Think you fit the description of a verified account? Here’s what you should know.

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On Tuesday, the platform announced that it was opening up its verification process to all accounts. Once a great mystery, Twitter has given the coveted blue checkmarks to roughly 187,000 accounts—only 0.06 percent of its 310 million monthly users—that it deemed “to be of public interest.”

In a press release, Twitter said:

The @CDCgov was one of the first Twitter accounts to be verified in order to help citizens find authentic and accurate public health information straight from the source. Among the other first accounts to be verified include @NASAArmstrong, @KimKardashian, @Oprah, @MilwaukeePolice, @SF311, and @TonyHawk.

Now, Twitter users can request verification through an online form. The company also created a guide and says your account must have the following in order to be considered:

· A verified phone number

· A confirmed email address

· A bio

· A profile photo

· A header photo

· A birthday (for accounts that are not company, brand, or organization accounts)

· A website

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