Learning the ropes of social media verification

If you follow an influencer, content creator, or company faithfully, it’s probably because you trust them. Have faith that they are who they say they are and that nothing dishonest is being concealed. 

In the past, there would be dozens of fake profiles on every one social network, making this task hard. Far too many people were able to trick the system into believing their accounts were legitimate businesses or individuals. That is, until Twitter began requiring proof of identity in 2009.

Social media account verification allows the account owner to prove their identity and authenticity to their followers. A little blue checkmark next to the user name or handle indicates this.
Verifying your social media account serves as proof of ownership and makes it simpler for others to find, follow, and interact with your profile.

This post will explain the steps necessary to get your account verified, as well as some of the most important dos and don’ts to keep in mind while submitting your request.

Instagram

In 2018, Instagram implemented a verification system for user accounts. It’s quite difficult to get verified on this platform. Of course, if you’re already well-known, this won’t be an issue. If your account has a lot of followers but isn’t verified, Instagram will review your profile and posts to determine whether or not they are genuine.

The steps necessary to submit a verification request are easy to follow.

Get into your Instagram preferences right now.
Choose Account > Verify Account.
Then, you fill out the verification form and provide the requested information, such as your name and ID number, category, audience, aliases, and links to media coverage or other social media accounts where your account is mentioned. You can use these links as resources.
Within 30 days of submission, you will be informed of its status.
The outcomes will appear in the alerts tab. You can resubmit your request 30 days after it was denied.

The requirements are tough to fulfil, and they become even more so if you’re the kind of person who would be an easy target for impersonators.

First, you must make your account visible to the general public. A personal account can’t be checked. The next step is to double-check that you’re being totally legal on Instagram. As a corollary, you should ensure that you are regularly publishing interesting material that attracts new followers. Your bio needs to be easy to read, comprehensive, and recognisable.

You can submit your verification request once you’ve confirmed that you meet these requirements.

Twitter

Twitter, as I indicated, was the first to adopt account verification in 2009. Getting your Twitter account verified is quite straightforward and the software indicates the processing period is roughly 14 days. To succeed on Twitter, you should be someone who actively participates in the platform, is genuine, and has a noticeable online presence.
Once you match the given conditions, you may request Twitter for Verification from your account settings.

Active — Your bio has to be clear, full, and updated (including your profile name and photograph) (including your profile name and image). It must be accessible to the public, and you must have used it in the past six months. Your follower and mentions count must also be high. The email address and phone number associated must be validated. And lastly, to be eligible, you must not have had any form of lockout for breaching Twitter rules.

Authentic — You must present evidence of authenticity. A website that mentions you and your verified Twitter account on its official domain is OK. If you’re a person, you can produce government-issued identification. Any company or group may have its own custom email address with a specific domain. If the domain is tied with a verified Twitter account, you’re qualified.

Accounts belonging to well-known companies, products, or people will be considered for eligibility. Twitter will verify this through follower numbers, Twitter mentions, mentions in the press, Google News, Wikipedia, and others. They will also check the identify of the individual handling the account.

Facebook

Facebook introduced account verification in 2013. The idea behind its introduction was to streamline the discovery process for brands, influencers, content providers, and companies. In 2015, Facebook created a distinct badge, the Grey Badge, for companies. However, because of misunderstanding among users, they decided to suspend the Grey Badge and stick to the blue verification badges for all accounts that seek it and match the conditions.

Facebook follows standards that are comparable to those of the other social networks:

Guaranteed to be an actual person or company
One-of-a-kind: A company or person only has one account or page, with the exception of accounts created for distinct languages or regions.
Profile and bio (about us) should be accurate, comprehensive, and up-to-date.
To be considered “notable,” an event must have garnered widespread attention from the media and have been widely publicised among relevant communities.

YouTube

There are two types of verification on YouTube. Account and channel verification are both available. Although most people assume this would mean the same thing, account verification is something that anybody can accomplish. It’s the channel certification that is needed by YouTubers throughout the world.
If you’ve decided to apply for verification, here are some things to keep in mind.

Keep up a consistent publication schedule to expand your audience.
– Do not fall for ‘Pay for Badge’ gimmicks. There are no platform fees associated with this.
– Be honest in your application.
– Keep an eye for fake accounts.
– Capitalize on the instances when you’re referenced in many media so you may include links to your application for reference.