Recently Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said in a Periscope livestream that the company is working to allow any user to become verified.

“The intention is to open verification to everyone,” Dorsey says. “And to do it in a way that’s scalable, where [Twitter] is not in the way and people can verify more facts about themselves and we don’t have to be the judge or imply any bias on our part.”

Unfortunately Dorsey didn’t go into detail on what the verification process will entail, but other online communities, such as Airbnb, require users to submit a Facebook profile, phone number, email address, or a government-issued photo ID.

“The main problem is, we use [the checkmark] to mean identity,” Twitter director of product David Gasca says. “But in user research ... users think of it as credibility, [that] Twitter stands behind this person and what they’re saying is great and authentic, which is not what we meant.” The idea is that if everyone is verified, the company can change the meaning of the checkmark and get users to perceive accounts without verification as suspicious.

I personally hope to see this come to fruition in the very near future.

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