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Twitter opens verification portal

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The blue tick appears on verified Twitter accounts to show their legitimacy.
The blue tick appears on verified Twitter accounts to show their legitimacy.

The sought-after little blue tick, which appears on verified Twitter profiles, has become much easier to get.

Users can now apply directly to the social network through an online portal.

The process was previously shrouded in mystery, with Twitter using its own discretion to decide who should be verified and who should not.

The coveted status allows other users to identify key individuals and organisations on Twitter as authentic and not fake or an impersonation.

"An account may be verified if it is determined to be of public interest. Typically this 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 said in a statement.

To submit a request, the account wanting to be verified must have a verified phone number, a confirmed e-mail address, a bio, a profile and header photo, a birthday (for individuals), a Web site and tweets set as public.

The name and photo must accurately represent the person (or their stage name) or organisation.

Twitter will ask for additional information and may also request a scanned copy of a government-issued ID.

If the request is denied, another request for the same account can only be submitted 30 days later.

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