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X can now ask users for government IDs to verify their paid accounts

Users who choose to verify their X accounts using government-issued IDs will get a separate badge alongside their blue check. | Image: X / The Verge

Social media platform X (formerly known as Twitter) will now let paid users verify their accounts using a government ID in a bid to prevent impersonation and “maintain the integrity of the platform.” According to X’s updated verification policy (first seen via TechCrunch), the company may also request a government-issued ID “when needed” and is exploring additional measures to protect users from spam, malicious accounts, and content that isn’t age-appropriate. The new verification system was first leaked back in August.

A pop-up window for the feature notes that X is partnering with Israel-based verification company AU10TIX to facilitate the new authorization feature. All verification information — including photographs of user IDs and…

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