As reported by Recode on a Periscope Live Stream with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey:
In a very casual Periscope livestream on Thursday, Dorsey said that he wants to verify everyone on Twitter, a continuation of the plan Twitter laid out a few years ago when it asked users to apply for verification online.
That program as been suspended since the fall, when Twitter got major backlash for verifying a few white supremacists. But it appears that Dorsey is open to relaunching some version of it once Twitter figures out how it should work.
“The intention is to open verification to everyone,” Dorsey said from a conference room at Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters. “And to do it in a way that is scalable [so] 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.”
As someone who has a verified account, I’d love for Twitter to make it much easier to get. One of the bonuses of being verified is that in your notifications tab you get a subsection for “verified” which only shows notifications from fellow verified accounts. This would be great for filtering out the noise of bots, trolls, and fake accounts. However, not many of my friends are verified so it makes this tab useless.
I also never understood the original verification process. I was able to get it, but I have friends with many more followers, and more active that didn’t. Just like @laravelnews got verified but @laravelphp isn’t. Makes zero sense to me.