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Twitter’s blue tick system set to relaunch, researcher claims

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After a near four-year hiatus, Twitter is set to relaunch its blue tick verification system this week, according to a researcher citing multiple sources inside the tech giant.

After a near four-year hiatus, Twitter is set to relaunch its blue tick verification system this week, according to a researcher citing multiple sources inside the tech giant.

If correct, Twitter users will be able to apply for a blue tick for the first time since 2017.

"I was told by multiple sources that Twitter plans to launch the new self-served Verification Request form next week," app researcher Jane Manchun Wong tweeted on Friday.

The blue tick on Twitter has been an important way for the tech platform to verify individuals, companies and organisations.

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Screenshots published by Ms Wong showed the kind of information an unverified user would need to file for a blue tick, including confirmation of photo identification, account qualifications and news coverage that they have received.

Since 2009, Twitter's blue ticks have been given to genuine notable account holders, such as celebrities, politicians, companies, organisations and media.

In 2017 Twitter rolled out a system where users could put themselves forward for a blue tick. However the tech company ceased the initiative later that year.

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https://twitter.com/wongmjane/status/1392865506374291456?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

In December Twitter posted on its blog that it planned to bring back the public verification program in 2021.

Twitter did not wish to comment when contacted by nine.com.au.

'Twitter Blue'

Ms Wong has also tweeted what appeared to be screenshots of a premium subscription service called "Twitter Blue."

According to Ms Wong, premium Twitter Blue would cost users US $2.99 (AUD $3.84) a month.

https://twitter.com/wongmjane/status/1393285993889898498?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

There were few details about Twitter Blue, but she indicated one functionality being mooted was to "undo" tweets, something users are not currently able to do.

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey last year said the company was looking into a subscription model.

It is estimated Twitter has over 300 million monthly active users.

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Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/technology/twitter-blue-tick-system-on-way-back/c554cb8b-c09f-4247-840a-edbc91bb16fc

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