You may have noticed that some Twitter accounts display a blue “Verified Badge” on their Twitter bio, like so:
Verification is currently used to establish authenticity of identities on Twitter. The goal of this program is to limit user confusion by making it easier to identify authentic accounts on Twitter.
What is a Verified Account?
Any account with a Verified Badge is a Verified Account. Twitter uses this to establish authenticity of well known accounts so users can trust that a legitimate source is authoring their Tweets.
What kinds of accounts get verified?
Verification is used to establish authenticity for accounts who deal with identity confusion regularly on Twitter. Verified Accounts must be public and actively tweeting.
How do I get my account verified?
This program is currently closed to the public. If you would like to send feedback, contact us via this form.
Why is the Beta verification program currently closed?
Twitter’s public beta version of account verification is no longer available. After a long period of manual testing, we’ve closed public applications in order to explore algorithmic-based verification. In the meantime, we’re still verifying some trusted sources, such as our advertisers and partners. If you’re one of our partners or advertisers, please follow up with your account manager for details.
What’s another way to show Twitter users my account is authentic?
Linking to your Twitter profile from an official website is the easiest way to confirm your identity to your followers. Click here to learn how to do this. (For example, The New York Times links to reporters’ Twitter profiles on their official website.) You can find a variety of free buttons and widgets in the goodies section, which are used to publicize your Twitter presence across official web pages you own. You may even be interested in the Tweet Button, which encourages your web audience to post Tweets about the content of your site.
If impersonation is a problem for you on Twitter, please file a ticket here. (This will not result in verification.)
I used to have a Verified Badge, but now it’s gone! What do I do?
For security reasons, changes made to your profile, specifically your username, email address, or website, result in the loss of the badge. We check regularly for lost badges and reinstate them constantly. No need to write in, we’ll see them automatically!
How to identify a Verified Account:
- The Verified Badge will appear in the top-right portion of a user’s profile page just above the name, location, and bio—as shown in the screenshot above.
- If the Verified Badge appears anywhere else on a user’s profile page (e.g. in the avatar or the background) it is not a Verified Account.
- The Verified Badge cannot be used unless it is provided by Twitter. Accounts using a badge as part of profile pictures, background images, or in any way implying false verification will be permanently suspended.
- The Verified Badge will also appear next to usernames in people searches on Twitter, as shown below.
- The Verified Badge will have the same color even if users customize the background of their profile page or change the color in the sidebar.