Twitter is working on a new verification system

The in-app feature, not released publicly, might wind up in the settings tab.

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Twitter's verification requests are still closed. 

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Twitter is working on a new in-app system to verify users on the social media site. Jane Wong, a reverse engineer, tweeted the find on Sunday. Wong posted a screenshot that suggests the new feature, if made public, will live in the app settings under a Personal Information section.

In an email, Twitter didn't deny Wong's findings, but had no further comment beyond a tweet from product lead Kayvon Beykpour that said the social media site is working on incorporating self-service identification.

If a user is "verified" or authenticated on Twitter, a little blue-and-white checkmark appears next to their name. Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said the company planned to expand the verification service in 2018. The process was temporarily halted in 2017 after the verification of an account belonging to Jason Kessler, the organizer of the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.  

In 2016, Twitter tried to demystify the verification process by opening up a request process for personal accounts, brands and companies. Twitter listed requirements for any account wanting the coveted checkmark and a brief explanation as to why the account should be verified (with links). It's not known at this time how different the new in-app Request Verification would be from the 2016 form. At the time of publication, Twitter's verified account program was on hold and not accepting new requests.