PC Magazine: Want to Get Verified on Instagram? A Huge Follower Account Isn’t Enough

PC Magazine: Want to Get Verified on Instagram? A Huge Follower Account Isn’t Enough. “Instagram says it noticed that people were turning to the platform to raise awareness and promote the causes they were invested in, especially in the midst of the pandemic, racial tensions, and the 2020 election. So it created a new Instagram Equity team ‘that will focus on better understanding and addressing bias in our product development and people’s experiences on Instagram’—including fairness in algorithms.”

Rantt Media: Some 2020 Candidates Struggle To Get Verified On Twitter

Rantt Media: Some 2020 Candidates Struggle To Get Verified On Twitter . “On the matter of blue checkmarks, one of the most powerful Twitter initiatives to ensure election integrity is its candidate verification program. But complaints from candidates and their campaigns suggest that execution of Twitter’s candidate verification program needs some improvement. A blue checkmark, denoting verification on candidates’ profiles, has been elusive. A number of candidates who are on the ballot for Congress in November were frustrated by long delays in getting Twitter to verify their accounts. Others who are on the ballot in the general election still don’t have their accounts verified, as of this writing.”

BetaNews: You will soon be able to request Twitter verification

BetaNews: You will soon be able to request Twitter verification. “Having used a secretive system to determine whether an account is deemed worthy of being verified or not, Twitter is now going to bring a ‘Request verification’ option into its apps. The feature is currently undergoing development, but Twitter confirms that there is a new system in the works.”

The Verge: Twitter’s messy verification process is making candidates wait

The Verge: Twitter’s messy verification process is making candidates wait. “On Friday morning, Jeff Sites, a challenger to Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, didn’t have a blue verification badge on his official Twitter page. Sites had announced his campaign months earlier, so he should have been verified months ago. It caught the eye of one volunteer named Nancy Levine, who has been monitoring Twitter’s plan to verify all 2020 candidates, and has been lobbying Twitter on Sites’ behalf specifically. After speaking with Levine, The Verge contacted Twitter to inquire about the nature of the delay; within hours, the candidate was verified.”

Nieman Lab: Native verification tools for the blue checkmark crowd

Nieman Lab: Native verification tools for the blue checkmark crowd. “…my prediction for the coming year is that at least one platform will engage with its most influential users, giving them access to special tools and training to identify and contextualize sources and claims in their feeds. This will allow platforms to split the difference between a clutter-free onboarding for Aunt Jane and a full-featured verification and sourcing interface for users whose every retweet goes out to hundreds of thousands of people, or whose page or group serves as an information hub for users and activists. These tools and training will also eventually be released to the general public, though for the general public, they will default to off.” I’d be more excited about this if the verification process on Twitter weren’t such a mess. (Brand names like Mr. Peanut get verified. Actual humans might have a harder time.)

WTKR: Twitter tells new congressional candidates they’ll have to win their primaries to get verified

WTKR: Twitter tells new congressional candidates they’ll have to win their primaries to get verified. “The social media giant isn’t making exceptions for candidates running for office in 2020, emails between a campaign representative and Twitter, obtained by CNN, show. That’s despite indications that foreign entities have previously attempted to pose as US political candidates on social media.” I really, really hate Twitter’s verification system.

The Verge: Jersey City’s mayor has had enough of being verified on Twitter

The Verge: Jersey City’s mayor has had enough of being verified on Twitter. “The mayor of Jersey City, Steven Fulop, has made the unusual request to have his Twitter verification removed. In a tweet posted this morning, Fulop said he wanted his account to return to its unverified status. ‘I kind of took pride in that,’ he said, ‘it reinforced I shouldn’t take myself too seriously and just work hard in my job.'”

Mashable: Twitter secretly verified Jack Dorsey’s mom and thousands of others despite ‘pause’

Mashable: Twitter secretly verified Jack Dorsey’s mom and thousands of others despite ‘pause’. “Jack Dorsey’s mother and father, the ’80s band Whitesnake, a “war room” associated with Donald Trump’s reelection campaign — these are a few of the more than 10,000 accounts Twitter has quietly verified in recent months, despite putting its verification program on hold.”