New Delhi, March 13: Twitter may soon allow any user to sport the signature blue badge that already shows up on the accounts of many celebrities, athletes and public figures.
Twitter Chief Executive Jack Dorsey said that the verification process is "very broken" in part because some people have seen the badge as an endorsement from the company rather than as an identity verification benchmark.
"The intention is to open verification to everyone," Jack Dorsey said during a live-stream chat, "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 suspended its verification process late last year after users criticized the platform for granting the badge to divisive figures, notably Jason Kessler, the organizer of the white supremacist rally that led to violence in Charlottesville last summer.
Twitter tried to clarify that the check mark was meant to convey authentic identity, not support from the company.
The application process to receive a badge remains suspended while the company designs a new way to authenticate and verify users. Users could voluntarily ask to be verified by submitting personal information such as their birth date, phone number and a copy of a government-issued ID.