Government-Issued IDs Needed for Paid Subscriber Verification on Twitter

The procedure also necessitates a quick selfie, which will be cross-referenced with the official ID using biometrics by a private company. However, the benefits of this kind of verification are currently rather minor.

Twitter’s new account verification process necessitates the submission of a government-issued picture ID as well as a live selfie.

The verification mechanism will be accessible only to paying customers. Twitter (previously known as X) has been urging its premium subscribers to sign up for the “ID verification” system by presenting a pop-up message about it, according to TechCrunch’s initial finding.

The prompt claims that you must have a government-issued picture ID to access your account. This should take no more than five minutes.

Twitter built the ID system, according to a company assistance manual, to prevent account “impersonation” and to “increase the overall integrity and trust on our platform.” This is because the company’s CEO, Elon Musk, changed the rules so that anybody who pays for Twitter Blue (previously X Premium) may acquire the blue verified checkmark on their account.

Because Twitter is requesting one of their most sensitive documents, the reveal of the verification process last month aroused privacy concerns.

Users are requested to grant the verification system access to collect biometric data. Twitter is reportedly collaborating with an external Israeli business called Au10tix to extract facial data from both the official ID and the live selfie in order to validate a user’s identify. According to Twitter’s new privacy policy, users must consent to Au10tix retaining their data for up to 30 days.

As a result of verifying your account, you will “receive a visibly labeled ID verification in the pop-up that appears when clicking on your blue check mark.” They will get “prioritized support” from the firm, which implies they will receive answers to their issues more quickly.

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Although the verification procedure seems to be intrusive, it is entirely optional. Users may reject the ID verification pop-up window, however Twitter suggests that doing so will ultimately provide access to further functions.

The company’s help center states that “users who choose to participate in this optional ID verification may receive additional benefits associated with the specific X feature in the future.” In the future, verified accounts will get a blue check mark much more rapidly, and users will have “greater flexibility in making frequent changes to your profile photo, display name, or username (@handle).”

The support post also mentions that Twitter may request government-issued IDs from chosen users “to ensure the safety and security of accounts on our platform.”

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