If you missed it, I set up a campaign looking at the disproportionate impact Twitter’s revamped verification policy is having on disabled activists and journalists. As it stands, more than 100+ disabled campaigners
have had their initial request to be verified rejected by the platform.
Since I first started compiling that list, I was verified myself (on my second attempt), along with a few other disabled activists, but there’s still plenty more who are still waiting for their well-deserved blue tick. Twitter also rolled out a demographic survey to look out for any intended bias, and then later changed its requirements under the ‘activist’ category so that only those who have a following or mentions in the top 0.05% for their geographic region can apply. Before this change, accounts could demonstrate that they have created a popular ‘hashtag movement’
as proof of on-platform notability.
“We’re committed to ensuring our Verification process is inclusive, fair, and equitable and we strive to be consistent in how we’re assessing Verification applications.
“We will review all applications equally based on our policy criteria. We hear your feedback that the process seems unfair and that we need to provide more clarity on why applications may get rejected,“ - Twitter spokesperson.