This has been a big project of mine over the last week. As you may already be aware, Twitter’s re-opened its verification process, complete with a new policy which applicants have to meet. However, it just so happens that almost 90 disabled activists
at the time of writing (some of them prominent journalists, political leaders and more) have had their requests flat-out rejected by Twitter. Why?
Now, you may well think that this is just myself and other disabled activists being petty about our applications being rejected, but verification offers us new work opportunities, visibility and more prominence on the platform - something which is vital for marginalised voices like ours. If it was just myself, then I would see it as an individual issue, but when it’s more than 85 disabled campaigners - many of whom quite clearly meet the necessary criteria set by Twitter - one wonders if something a little more serious is at play.
Hence the hashtag #VerifyDisabledTwitter
, which myself and other disabled Twitter users have been using to highlight the issue. Tap the hashtag to read up on the situation, and if you’re a disabled activist who has had a verification request rejected, let me know, and I’ll add you to an ever-expanding list.