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Twitter confirms it is testing a phone number verification badge

Last week, app researcher Jane Manchun Wong Told Twitter is testing a new profile badge for people who have verified their phone numbers. On Tuesday, the company confirmed that it is running this experiment to “allow people to add references to their accounts.”

This could essentially be to verify that the user with the phone verification badge is not a bot. The company said this is one of the ways it helps people find reliable information and more information about different types of accounts. It added that verification is only part of the process and it is currently only testing phone number verification with the opt-in setting. The firm did not provide any information about how extensive the testing is and who will see the badges.

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The company is in a fierce legal battle with Elon Musk over its acquisition and the number of bots on the platform is a point of contention. The Tesla CEO has argued with the platform several times over the past few months that the number of spam and fake accounts far exceeds what Twitter claims. Musk has also disagreed with the way the company estimates 5% of users on the platform to be bots.

Twitter already has some unique profile markers such as verified badges for notable accounts like journalists and celebrities, a label for helpful bots on the platform, and a marker for government officials and state-backed media. While these labels apply to a limited number of accounts, a verified phone number badge may apply to millions of accounts.

For context, the firm recently fixed a bug that allowed threat actors to find phone numbers and check if they linked any existing Twitter profiles, which affected at least 5.4 million accounts. has done.

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The social media firm said it is taking several initiatives “by giving people more ways to identify and express themselves on Twitter and in their profiles” to maintain the authenticity of conversations on the platform. However, it is unclear whether the verified phone number badge is a form of expression rather than a marker of a non-bot profile.

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Twitter isn’t the first platform to attempt self-verification. dating apps like bumble And tinder Photo-based voluntary verification processes. In India, a vernacular Twitter rival Ku offers users to verify themselves through approved government IDs and earn badges.

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