The grey badge will appear in your bio if you need to use it.
Twitter has confirmed it’s testing a new profile badge for users who have verified their phone numbers.
App researcher Jane Manchun Wong pointed out the feature last week, discovering the Twitter label that would appear on accounts with a verified phone number. Twitter then confirmed the quality to TechCrunch on Tuesday, telling the publisher it was an effort to “allow people to add context to their accounts.”
Mashable has reached out for further information on the feature.
Verified “blue check” accounts must have a phone number or email address linked to helping Twitter with the account verification process. The new “verified phone number” feature appears to display a grey label on the bottom half of a person’s Twitter bio.
But the feature notably lands amid the app’s ongoing battle with Elon Musk. The deal between the Tesla CEO and Twitter continues to be a saga, with the wealthiest man attempting to terminate the multi-billion-dollar acquisition. Musk has been vocal about bot fears — claiming that a large chunk of accounts on Twitter are fake or spam accounts and alleging this had violated the deal contract.
Twitter Phone Number Verification Process
The verified phone number badge may be a way for Twitter to combat this, though it drudges up many other issues, namely in the realm of privacy.
Twitter recently dealt with an incident where someone discovered whether a specific email address or phone number was tied to an existing account on the app. The platform’s bug bounty program first reported this ” vulnerability ” to Twitter in January 2022. Still, in June, Twitter learned through a press report (most likely from Bleeping Computer) that someone had “potentially leveraged this” and was offering to sell the information they had acquired, reportedly affecting 5.4 million accounts.