Accounts such as those of the AFP in French, English and Spanish, that of the American deputy Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, of Pope Francis in English or even of the controversial rapper Kanye West have already received the “Official” badge. Some important political leaders have received an “Official Government” badge, including French Head of State Emmanuel Macron, US President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak.
Distinguishing Official Accounts
Twitter did not give details on the criteria used to award the new label or on the order of its deployment. On the night of Tuesday to Wednesday, Esther Crawford, director of product development at Twitter, unveiled this new strategy. “Many people are wondering how it will be possible to distinguish between @TwitterBlue followers with blue labels and accounts verified as official,” she tweeted. “That’s why we’re introducing the ‘Official’ label for some accounts when we launch,” she added.