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Twitter reopens Blue badge applications: What you need to know

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  • Twitter announced on Thursday that it is launching a new process to give Blue Badges to its account holders. The Blue Badge signifies that the account is verified.

  • The program was discontinued about three years ago when Twitter gave the Blue Badge icon to someone who was involved in organizing a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

  • Twitter released a draft plan back in November 2020 and asked for public input to make the process more robust. The application process has already begun as of Thursday.

  • To get the Blue badge, the applicant must be in one of the following categories: government; companies, brands, and organizations; news organizations and journalists; entertainment; sports and gaming; activists, organizers, and other influential individuals.

  • Along with that, the account holder should be active within the last 6 months and should have a good record in following Twitter’s rules for the past 12 months.

  • If an account is approved, then they will see a BlueBadge automatically. However, if they fail to get approval, then they can re-apply in 30 days.

  • According to Twitter officials, they are planning to widen the categories in late 2021 which might include religious leaders and scientists

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