The micro blogging site Twitter is resuming its verification on January 20, 2021. The new policy was refined with input from tens of thousands of user responses after Twitter confirmed in November it would be relaunching verification next year.

Under new policy, Twitter may also remove verification from accounts that are found to be in severe or repeated violation of the Twitter Rules. Twitter will continue to evaluate such accounts on a case-by-case basis, and will make improvements in 2021 on the relationship between enforcement of their rules and verification.  

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The new categories will include government officials, companies, brands and nonprofit organizations. It will also include media outlets and journalists, entertainment figures and organizations, sports-related accounts, and a broad “activists, organizers and other influential individuals” category. Twitter says it’s open to expanding its list of categories over time.

For users who want to apply to be verified, Twitter will launch a new “self-serve application process” within the app at some point in early 2021 that will let applicants select a category for verification and confirming their identity. Twitter says it will use both human review and an automated system to wade through requests.

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