Twitter Is Trying to Verify More Experts Who Can Provide Credible Coronavirus Information

The social network is working with health authorities and academic institutions

Twitter suspended the process of applying for verification indefinitely in March 2018 matejmo/iStock
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Twitter said it is working with global public health authorities to dole out more of its blue verification checkmarks to experts who can provide credible updates on the coronavirus pandemic.

The social network suspended the process of applying for verification indefinitely in March 2018, but exceptions are made under different circumstances.

Twitter said it is working with organizations including the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state health authorities and academic institutions to verify not only their accounts, but the accounts of experts affiliated with those organizations.

The social network said hundreds of accounts have received the blue checkmark during this process, and it reiterated its list of requirements so that the process is not slowed by requests lacking the proper information.

The email address associated with an expert’s Twitter account must be their work email address, and people who need to change their affiliated emails can do so by following these steps.

Also, the profile’s biography must include reference and links to where they are working, including a reference back to their workplaces’ Twitter accounts. Instructions are available here.

Finally, accounts must follow the official Twitter Rules to be eligible for verification.


david.cohen@adweek.com David Cohen is editor of Adweek's Social Pro Daily.
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