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Twitter restores 'verified' blue tick on Vice President Venkaiah Naidu's personal handle

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Google Oneindia News

New Delhi, June 05: Twitter has restored the blue tick or "verified" badge on the personal handle of Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu hours after it was dropped, as he hasn't tweeted in almost a year. The official handle of the Vice President of India @VPSecretariat continues to have the blue badge.

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu

"Account inactive since July 2020. As per our verification policy,Twitter may remove blue verified badge&verified status if account becomes inactive. Badge has been restored," said Twitter spokesperson on blue tick removal from Vice President of India M Venkaiah Naidu's personal Twitter handle.

The last tweet posted from the personal handle was on July 23 last year.

The officials said Twitter was contacted after they noticed this morning that the blue tick was removed. Before 10.30 am, the blue tick badge was restored, they said.

Twitter said the account has been inactive since July 2020. It said the verified badge has now been restored. The Vice President uses the official Twitter handle @VPSecretariat to send out tweets.

The social media giant was in the process of restoring the verification badge by automatically removing the verified badge from accounts that no longer meet the updated criteria for verification, such as those that are inactive or incomplete.

The coveted ''blue badge'' is one of the ways Twitter helps people distinguish the authenticity of accounts that are of high public interest, and gives Twitter users more context about who they''re having conversations with.

To qualify for verification, users must belong to one of the six categories - Government; Companies/brands/organisations; news organisations and journalists; entertainment; sports and gaming; and activists/organisers/other influential individuals.

Twitter pointed out that it is planning to introduce more categories later this year, such as those for scientists, academics, and religious leaders.

The microblogging platform said users must also provide a profile name, a profile image, and either a confirmed email address or phone number. The account must also be active within the last six months and have a record of adherence to the Twitter Rules.

India is one of the biggest markets for digital platforms like Google, Facebook, and Twitter. Earlier this year, the government had introduced guidelines to curb the misuse of social media platforms.

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