Twitter relaunched its verification program last week after stopping it for nearly four years, allowing anyone to apply for a blue check mark.
However, the company has temporarily stopped accepting new orders due to the volume of orders it has received and pending the completion of the backlog.
“We are in the process of implementing verification requests,” the company said in a tweet. So, we have to pause accepting more for now while we review those that have been submitted. We will reopen orders soon.
When the program officially opened for applications on May 20, the company warned that the application schedule could extend.
“Once you submit your request, you can expect an email response from us in a few days, but this can take up to a few weeks depending on the number of open requests in our queue,” Twitter said in a blog post.
But the volume of requests appears to have become so large that Twitter has taken the option to pause requests, just eight days after the program reopened.
With the new program, anyone can apply for the coveted blue badge, so it’s no surprise there are a huge number of applications.
Under the new guidelines, six categories of accounts can qualify for verification:
- the government.
- companies and brands.
- Organizations, news agencies and journalists.
- Sports and games.
- Activists, organizers, and other influential individuals.
Twitter previously suspended the verification process in 2017 after it verified the account of a white supremacist. The company rethought its verification policies, introducing the new ones in January.
Prior to relaunching the process on May 20, Twitter had not allowed users to apply for a blue check mark since the early days of the Trump administration.
It later reopened the process to companies, brands, news organizations, activists and organizers as long as they meet certain criteria and can provide evidence of their identities.