After announcing the re-opening of requests for account verification last week, Twitter has put the requests on hold, as a lot of requests came flooding in.
The company announced that till it re-opens the requests, it will review the ones that it has received in the past week.
We’re rolling in verification requests. So we gotta hit pause on accepting any more for now while we review the ones that have been submitted.— Twitter Verified (@verified) May 28, 2021
We’ll reopen requests soon! (we pinky swear)
Twitter has 199 million active users and only 360k of them have the blue verification tick. This means that a huge amount of users have been waiting to apply for verification, including those who don’t even meet the new, stricter criteria for the verification. Thus, it explains the influx of requests that Twitter has been overloaded with, within a week only.
It looks like the decision to allow public requests was perhaps not the best one to go with for Twitter, but the company may be able to clear the backlog in a month or two, since it has also promised to re-open the process “soon.”
The request load will, nevertheless, still not be easy to deal with, as a lot of random users try to get the blue tick, including scammers who need it just to sell the account to someone else.