Stop us if you’ve heard this before, but again Twitter temporarily stopped accepting new user verification requests. This most recent hiatus comes after the company briefly opened the process to the public in May and then closed it again about eight days later.
We have temporarily paused in introducing Access to Request Review so we can improve the application and review process.
For those who have waited, we know this can be disappointing. We want to do everything right and thank you for your patience.
– Twitter verified (@verified) August 13, 2021
At the time, the company said it was doing this because it “rolled in” verification requests. It took until June for Twitter to sort out the backlog. This time the company has a more encouraging excuse. It is said it takes time to tweak both the application and review processes, but the work it does has not been detailed.
We imagine that this last pause also has to do with the fact that Twitter briefly verified a fake Cormac McCarthy account. Under the company’s public verification rules, an account holder is required to produce evidence, such as government-issued identification, to prove they are who they claim to be. The owner of the fake McCarthy account does not appear to have done this.
“For those who have waited, we know this could be disappointing,” said Twitter. “We want to do everything right and thank you for your patience.” The company has still not announced when applications will be accepted again.
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