CNET: Google’s Verified Calls lets you know why a business is calling before you answer

CNET: Google’s Verified Calls lets you know why a business is calling before you answer. “Google on Tuesday said it’s rolling out a new Verified Calls feature in its Phone app for Android devices in an effort to separate calls you actually want to answer from spam and robocalls. Verified Calls will show the business’ name, a business logo, reason for calling and a verification symbol, Google said.”

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.)

Neowin: Google introduces Verified SMS and spam detection in Android Messages

Neowin: Google introduces Verified SMS and spam detection in Android Messages. “This new feature will verify whether a specified message is truly from a business. This feature is rolling out in nine countries for now: the U.S., India, Mexico, Brazil, the UK, France, Philippines, Spain, and Canada, but more countries will be added over 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.

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.”

Battleground Twitter: Verified political handles up 1,663% in 5 years (Times of India)

Times of India: Battleground Twitter: Verified political handles up 1,663% in 5 years . “Social media is going to be an important weapon in the electoral battleground this year. This is clear from the rise in the number of verified political handles from 71 to 1,252 between 2014 and March this year, with 78% of these handles belonging to members of BJP, Congress and Aam Aadmi Party.”

Refinery29: Instagram Is Changing How We Define A Public Figure, Not Necessarily For The Better

Refinery29: Instagram Is Changing How We Define A Public Figure, Not Necessarily For The Better. “In Thomas Rhett’s single ‘Life Changes’, released this past April, the singer croons about the life stages people experience as they grow older. For the most part, Rhett references generic moments that could belong to any generation: Arriving at college and not knowing what to major in; falling in love and getting engaged; and having kids. These are so unspecific they verge on being boring. But there is one standout pop culture mention that could only belong to the current generation of social media natives.”

Engadget: Twitter may have resumed verifying users

Engadget: Twitter may have resumed verifying users. “Twitter took heat all through 2017 for bungling its delicate balance between protecting free speech and enforcing its policies to protect users from harassment. One of the flashpoints was the unintended validation Twitter gave to users it ‘verified,’ which ended up including a number of white supremacists and other terrible people. The platform stopped allowing public requests to get the coveted blue checkmarks in mid-November while it re-evaluated the process. But over the last few days, at least one user has been quietly verified.”