Social media network, Twitter says it now has an online application process in place for Twitter accounts to receive verified status.
Verified accounts system will help people identify key individuals and organisations on Twitter whose identity have been certified to be authentic, Twitter says. Such verified accounts are denoted by a blue badge icon.
An account may be verified if it is determined to be of public interest and this typically includes accounts maintained by public figures and organisations in music, TV, film, fashion, government, politics, religion, journalism, media, sports, business, and other key interest areas, Twitter says.
According to the social media network, Twitter users who believe their accounts are of public interest and should be verified can request for the verification of the account by filling and submitting the online application form and their requests will be responded to via email. But if the initial request is denied, another request for the same account can be submitted 30 days after receiving the denial email.
Twitter says its goal with this update is to help more people find great, high-quality accounts to follow, and for creators and influencers to easily connect with a broader audience no matter where they are in the world.
Twitter says that @CDCGov was one of the first Twitter accounts to be verified in an effort to help citizens find authentic and accurate public health information straight from the source.
Among the other first accounts to be verified include @NASAArmstrong, @Kimkardasian, @Oprah, @Milwaukeepolice @SF311 and TonyHawk, Twitter says.