We all know about the blue checkmark that appears alongside celebrity Twitter accounts.
Over the years it has become a status symbol for users on Twitter and other social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram. Twitter admitted to the growing problem as it paused the verification program last year. The company announced that it will review verified accounts and “remove verification from accounts whose behaviour does not fall under the new guidelines.” However, Twitter is looking at changing or rather expand the scope of the verification program to combat the menace of bots and fake accounts.
In a Periscope live stream, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey invited questions regarding Twitter. Amongst the questions asked by the viewers, one question asked Dorsey and David Gasca, one of the Product Directors for Twitter about impersonation accounts and the verification of those accounts.
Responding to the question Gasca said that Twitter is going to reconsider it's for about the verification of users. It is going to work on introducing features that curb bots and fake accounts on the platform. However, he also added that Twitter still needs to come up with a process for this.
— jack (@jack) March 8, 2018
It is not known how Twitter will make the changes to the verification program or how it plans to implement the new process at the time of writing. However, it is a move in a positive direction for users to combat the problem of fake accounts that has lead to misinformation, fake news, and scams.