Verification, according to Twitter’s website, is used “to establish authenticity of identities on Twitter. The verified badge helps users discover high-quality sources of information and trust that a legitimate source is authoring the account’s tweets.”
You can see this in action by searching for singer Nicki Manaj and noticing that only one name has the blue badge.
@NickiMinaj is verified and the others are not her.
Verification is used to establish authenticity and legitimacy.
Those are Twitter’s words.
Paul Ryan was tapped by Republican National Committee presidential candidate Mitt Romney as his vice president. Paul Ryan is not the VP today. And yet, @PaulRyanVP is a verified account.
— Paul Ryan (@PaulRyanVP) August 11, 2012
Isn’t @JoeBiden the Vice President of the United States?
Why is @PaulRyanVP verified? Is he now authentically and legitimately the VP according to Twitter’s own rules? What do you think?