The Verge: Twitter tests a special tag to highlight phone number-verified accounts

The Verge: Twitter tests a special tag to highlight phone number-verified accounts. “Elon Musk’s bot-baiting aside, Twitter has had many people call for changes to how it identifies accounts and what can be done to call out which ones are more legit than others. Now engineer Jane Manchun Wong has dug up a Twitter label that would put a mark on accounts with a verified phone number.”

South China Morning Post: Liberal Chinese social media site Douban tightens verification of overseas users as censorship intensifies

South China Morning Post: Liberal Chinese social media site Douban tightens verification of overseas users as censorship intensifies. “Douban, a Chinese social media platform once known as a haven for relatively liberal discussions, now requires overseas users to provide a mainland mobile phone number or an official identity document to continue using the site, as it comes under growing pressure from Beijing to strengthen content control.”

USPTO: USPTO delays the effective date for identity verification requirement for trademark filers

USPTO: USPTO delays the effective date for identity verification requirement for trademark filers. “USPTO strives to ensure the tools utilized to verify trademark filers are equitable, inclusive, and secure. Accordingly, as the USPTO evaluates and solicits feedback on our online digital identity verification option, we are announcing that we are postponing the April 9 effective date upon which identity verification was scheduled to become mandatory. A new effective date will be announced at the appropriate time with reasonable advance notice.”

Liam O’Dell: Twitter finally explains its new verification categories – a month after I asked about them

Liam O’Dell: Twitter finally explains its new verification categories – a month after I asked about them . “The latest update, reported by this website in late December, sees the activist category split into two separate categories: ‘activists and organisers’ and ‘content creators and other influential individuals’. Specific information for freelance journalists has also been added under the ‘news organisation or individual’ category. However, for both content creators and activists in the UK and US, the controversial 100,000 follower target remains.”

The Verge: Twitter verified a fake account in the Norwegian government, but it’s not Twitter’s fault

The Verge: Twitter verified a fake account in the Norwegian government, but it’s not Twitter’s fault. “Twitter verified a fake account for Norway’s new Minister of Finance, but apparently, it’s not Twitter’s fault. As first reported by Norwegian tech site NRKbeta, the Prime Minister’s Office and Norway’s Security Authority (NSM) mistakenly passed along a fake account for verification.”

NBC News: Twitch releases new safety feature amid scrutiny over ‘hate raids’

NBC News: Twitch releases new safety feature amid scrutiny over ‘hate raids’. “Phone-verified chats will allow targeted creators to have more control over who can participate in their communities, Twitch said in a blogpost Wednesday. The move will require all or some users to verify phone their numbers before they can participate in streamers’ chats, which could help reduce targeted attacks by bots. Once users verify the phone numbers to their accounts, they will not need to verify them again for other channels.”

StarTribune: Twitter rejects blue check mark verification for former Viking, Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page

StarTribune: Twitter rejects blue check mark verification for former Viking, Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Alan Page. “A spot in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, a seat on Minnesota’s highest court and a shiny medal symbolizing the nation’s highest civilian honor. Apparently Alan Page needs to work a little bit harder to achieve the ‘notability’ that Twitter requires before it bestows one of its coveted blue check marks signaling verification of authenticity.”

Newsweek: Danny DeVito Gets Twitter Verification Back After Abrupt Loss of Status Sparks Outrage

Newsweek: Danny DeVito Gets Twitter Verification Back After Abrupt Loss of Status Sparks Outrage. “Danny DeVito’s Twitter account was briefly unverified before being reinstated, after he tweeted support for striking Nabisco workers. As walkouts spread across U.S. Nabisco bakeries, with union workers protesting proposed changes amid contract negotiations, screen star DeVito took to Twitter to express solidarity on Wednesday.”

Liam O’Dell: I asked Twitter your questions about verification – here’s what they said

Liam O’Dell: I asked Twitter your questions about verification – here’s what they said. Twitter recently suspended its verification program, but there’s interesting info here. “With the #VerifyDisabledTwitter campaign raising more questions than answers about Twitter’s elusive verification process, campaign founder and Deaf journalist Liam O’Dell secured an exclusive chat with Twitter to learn more about the blue tick.”