X, formerly known as Twitter, has launched a new ID verification option for premium subscribers as a result of a partnership with forensic identity intelligence company ‘au10tix.’ Through the functionality, subscribers will obtain a government-issued ID which will add enhanced authenticity to their accounts.
The procedure is simple: subscribers will need to confirm their identity via a matching process that uses their license (or an equivalent) and a selfie. Since there is an additional company involved in the process, subscribers will therefore be sharing their data with both X and au10tix. However, their data will only be temporarily kept by the intelligence company, for exactly 30 days. The details of this data usage have also been added to X’s existing terms of service.
ID verification makes it easier to reduce impersonation attempts, as well as spam and malicious accounts. While this new verification option isn’t a compulsory one; according to X, it may offer additional benefits in the future to those who opt in, such as faster checkmark approval and the ability to change profile details without losing their blue tick.