While outraged by the personal accounts of Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu and RSS chief executive Mohan Bhagwat who lost their blue marks, Twitter on Saturday said the blue badge and guaranteed status could be automatically removed from the account if incomplete or inactive for six months as per its rules.
On Saturday morning, Twitter had removed and later returned the verified blue badge to the personal account of Deputy President M Venkaiah Naidu. Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) personal account Mohan Bhagwat also saw the blue badge removed and returned. Many other accounts of famous Sangh names such as Suresh Joshi and Arun Kumar also saw similar steps being taken.
On Saturday, Twitter said that according to its verification policy, the microblogging platform could automatically remove a blue verified badge and status guaranteed if the account is inactive or incomplete.
“Deactivation is based on login. To keep the account active, the account holder must ensure that you sign in at least every six months,” Twitter said.
Account holders who play the blue badge must also ensure that their profiles are complete and include a verified email address or phone number and a profile picture and display name, in accordance with the rules. Twitter, however, did not disclose the number and details of accounts created under these rules.
The coveted “ Blue badge ” helps users distinguish authenticity from high-profile social media accounts, and gives Twitter users an additional context in which to chat, the micro-blogging platform said earlier.