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Twitter is rolling out a more stringent verification process for certain accounts, the social media company announced Thursday.

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Twitter is rolling out a more stringent verification process for certain accounts, the social media company announced Thursday.

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Twitter announced on Thursday it has started accepting applications for its coveted blue check under a newly rolled out set of guidelines.

The company stopped giving the badges after approving the account of white nationalist Jason Kessler, the lead organizer of the 2017 “Unite the Right” rally held in Charlottesville, Va. Public outrage over Kessler’s verified status prompted the company to temporarily stop issuing the checks while it came up with a new set of rules.

Now, after more than three years and at least one round of public comment, Twitter has overhauled its verification system to focus on what it calls accounts of high public interest.

“Today’s application rollout marks the next milestone in our plans to give more transparency, credibility and clarity to verification on Twitter,” the company said in a statement.

The social media giant has been widely criticized in the past for its opaque and unpredictable practices in doling out the sought-after symbols.

Twitter has unveiled new changes in the past year in an effort to improve the culture on its site.

Earlier this month, the tech company released a feature that detects “mean” replies on its service before a user presses send. When a rude tweet is detected, an automatic prompt reads, “Want to review this before Tweeting?” The user is presented with three choices: tweet, edit, or delete.

Last year, the social media site also implemented new features to curb misinformation, including putting warning labels on false claims about election fraud and the coronavirus and turning to users to fact check messages. It’s even banned users, including former President Donald Trump, who break its rules.

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Twitter plans to gradually roll out its application for certain users including companies, activists, celebrities, journalists, and politicians over several weeks.

The social media site has developed several guidelines for accounts to follow in order to obtain the coveted blue checkmark — making the process more stringent than in the past.

The company said it is establishing several checks throughout the application process to ensure a verified user will contribute to the site in a healthy way.

Twitter will require a check of the user’s identity before verification and users will be given several options to prove they are who they say they are. That includes linking to an official website referencing a user’s identity or the organization they’re affiliated with and their Twitter account. An official government-issued ID such as a driver’s license or passport or an email address will also be accepted.

If an application to be verified is denied, users get another shot to apply 30 days later.

NPR’s Shannon Bond contributed to this report.

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NBA Twitter erupts after Luka Doncic’s hot Game 3 start vs. Clippers

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Luka Doncic and the Dallas Mavericks wasted no time in Game 3 of their first-round matchup with the LA Clippers, and NBA Twitter erupted over their hot start.

Game 3 Friday night was arguably the biggest game in LA Clippers franchise history. After falling down 0-2 at home to the Dallas Mavericks, winning this road game was critical for a team that entered the 2021 NBA Playoffs with legitimate title aspirations.

Unfortunately for the Clippers, Luka Doncic and the Mavs came out laser-focused to put their opponent in another early hole.

Just over two minutes into Game 3, Dallas already had an 8-0 lead in its first playoff game at home since 2016 … and all eight points belonged to Doncic, who’s rapidly become a Clippers killer. As such, NBA Twitter could immediately smell the blood in the water, erupting over the early deficit and how frazzled LA looked.

NBA Twitter was eating it up as Luka Doncic went off on the Clippers yet again

For starters, we can’t go any further without acknowledging how much Doncic personally torments this LA team. The disrespect on these step-backs!

It was awesome seeing Doncic so fired up in front of a massive Mavs crowd at the American Airlines Center, and the home team quickly built up a 28-11 lead.

People quickly noticed how ruthless Doncic was as he repeatedly targeted poor Ivica Zubac on his step-backs.

Three Ivica Zubac switches, three Luka Doncic buckets. Mavs 8, Clippers 0 and a perhaps concerned Ty Lue calls timeout.

— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) May 29, 2021

Others couldn’t help but point out how the Clippers’ defensive strategy has had absolutely no answers for Doncic for the last two years now:

Clippers have had absolutely no clue how to stop Luka for two yrs now

— Chris Herring (@Herring_NBA) May 29, 2021

luka really don’t like them boys 😂

— Ja Morant (@JaMorant) May 29, 2021

Either way, there’s no question we are witnessing greatness from a superstar who’s still only 22 years old.

I mean, if Luka wants the be the best player ever, I would not object

— Josh Eberley🇨🇦 (@JoshEberley) May 29, 2021

LUKA ALREADY IN THAT MODE AND TALKING SHIT

— Ahmed🇸🇴/Mach Hommy’s Pray For Haiti AOTY (@big_business_) May 29, 2021

Luka is quickly moving up my favorite players list, this guy doesn’t make sense

— Jacob (AKA Rusty Buckets) (@RustyBUCKETS321) May 29, 2021

“Make Luka a scorer.”

/Luka later holds up the 100 sign

— Hardwood Paroxysm (@HPbasketball) May 29, 2021

It’s still early, and the Clippers went on a late first-quarter run to cut Dallas’ lead back down to single digits (with Doncic sidelined, of course), but there’s no question Luka’s early run was a memorable moment with LA on the ropes.

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Why Kylie Jenner’s Shoe Collection Has Desi Twitter Abuzz

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Kylie Jenner shared a pics of shoes that instantly created a buzz on desi Twitter.

At 23, Kylie Jenner is one of the most popular entrepreneurs of our times. The fashionista — born to Caitlyn and Kris Jenner and sister to the famous Kardashian siblings — has an enviable career. Fans have been hooked to the minutest of details of the star’s life, thanks to the reality series Keeping Up With The Kardashians (and its several spin-offs) as well as her gigantic social media presence. Given this, Kylie Jenner may not have thought twice before sharing a photo of her collection of high-end footwear in just about every colour of the rainbow. The post, as is the norm with her, went viral.

fittings ✨???????????? pic.twitter.com/jL89z8ZL7B

— Kylie Jenner (@KylieJenner) May 10, 2021

While Kylie Jenner surely caught the Internet’s attention with the jaw-dropping collection, what she didn’t take into account was desi Twitter users. Her desi followers had a very unique take on the image. In short, the first thought that popped into many minds on seeing the photo was that they resembled the slippers that line up outside our homes when we host a prayer meeting or a satsang.

Losing no time, one user said that this looked like “every Indian house during satyanarayan pooja.”

Every Indian House during Satyanarayan Pooja ????????#KylieKeGharPoojaHaihttps://t.co/XbzWJ1nQu7

— Prathmesh Thaker (@PrathmeshThaker) May 26, 2021

“When you have keertan at home,” read another comment.

When you have keertan at home https://t.co/frV0uytNSh

— Ritik Gupta (@ritik571) May 26, 2021

Another was sure you could find similar designs in Agra’s local shoe market. Well, that was brutal.

Agra ke Sadar Bazaar mei khub milti hain esi???? https://t.co/u0EiXWdR3L

— ईशान शर्मा???????? (@ishaaaaansharma) May 26, 2021

Some users said that the shoes looked like the ones that were available on sale in local stores for Rs 100.

Sale 100 Di Sale… ???????? https://t.co/TV03inYyS0

— ਕਰਨਪ੍ਰੀਤ ਕੌਰ????✨ (@KannuOyee) May 26, 2021

Why does this look like a Bata showroom that prices each pair at Rs.999 https://t.co/ins54KrO3o

— Vaishnavi Suresh (@vaishnaviisure1) May 25, 2021

“Where are the Punjabi juttis,” demanded one user.

Only heels?

No flats, no wedges, no ballerinas and most important not even a single Punjabi jutti. https://t.co/N6ic6aRavL

— Aman Kaur Grewal (@talk2amanjot) May 26, 2021

It was not just prayer meetings and shoe sales, some also felt that the photo reminded them of the days they would go for tuition and line their slippers outside the class. 

Home tuitions in India: https://t.co/zbZExIt0Tj

— star (@wordsindisguise) May 25, 2021

Take a look at the other reactions:

Why does this look like a Bata showroom that prices each pair at Rs.999 https://t.co/ins54KrO3o

— Vaishnavi Suresh (@vaishnaviisure1) May 25, 2021

Kylie making the world aware about all these new fungi … billionaire for a reason???????? https://t.co/YSl3RWV1ep

— Viraj (@lmaonade9) May 25, 2021

Kylie Jenner is the founder and owner of the cosmetic brand Kylie Cosmetics. She has a daughter named Stormi Webster with American rapper Travis Scott.

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Twitter: Social media giant lists new ‘Blue’ subscription service

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Twitter has listed a new subscription service on app stores, in an indication that the social media giant is preparing to trial the offering soon.

“Twitter Blue” is listed as an in-app purchase, priced at £2.49 in the UK and $2.99 in the US.

Twitter has given no further details, and declined to confirm online claims that the service could allow users to “undo” tweets.

It previously said it was working on special features for paid subscribers.

The firm wouldn’t comment directly on the listing but highlighted to the BBC that it had previously announced plans to diversify its revenue sources.

Although “Twitter Blue” is now listed on app stores, it isn’t yet fully enabled for users.

The BBC understands that pilot offerings of the subscription service are likely to start soon although it is unclear which countries it will be available in first.

According to technology blogger Jane Manchun Wong, who claims to be the first paying user of the service, it includes an “undo tweet” feature as well as a “reader mode” to make reading long threads easier. But Twitter has declined to confirm her claims.

The social media giant told the BBC that increasing “revenue durability” is the company’s top objective.

The firm also plans to continue developing and experimenting with other ways to diversify its revenues beyond advertising this year and further ahead.

These plans could also include subscription services and other ways to offer individuals and businesses access to special features on the platform.

Twitter has also made clear that it will continue to focus on growing its advertising business.

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image captionThe “Twitter Blue” listing has appeared on app stores.

Last month, the company launched a new “tip jar” feature that allowed people to send money to others on the social network.

Twitter said the feature was “an easy way to support the incredible voices that make up the conversation”.

To begin with, only a select group of people can receive tips – a group Twitter said was made up of “creators”, journalists, experts, and non-profits.

The function adds a small icon to a user’s profile – on mobile devices only for now – with a drop-down menu for other payment providers such as PayPal, Venmo, or the Cash App, the latter two of which are popular in the United States.

But the announcement was not without controversy. Because the payment is made through those external systems, some Twitter users noticed that tipping a PayPal account lets the recipient know the postal address of the tip sender.

In other cases, the recipient’s email address could be seen, whether or not any money was sent.

Reporting by Peter Hoskins.

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