After a recent lawsuit between over a case of somebody posting fake tweets in a public figure’s name, Twitter has decided to implement a method of account verification. The feature, which will be released experimentally this summer, will take the form of a “verified account” seal displayed on accounts that are authenticated in some manner.
Details of what the verification process entails are undisclosed at this time, though Mashable has speculated:
As to how actual verification will work, it seems that Twitter will look to see if an official channel of the person in question links to his or her Twitter account from a place like an official website. This is a perfectly logical way to verify accounts, in our opinion. Details are scarce on the full plan, though.
This seems like a good idea, as people such as celebrities, politicians, and businesses are increasingly subject to whatever adverse effects come from impersonators on Twitter.