The regulator said the move was to ensure the public got access to authentic and reliable information and news.
"We recognise the importance of social media and its increasing role in the instantaneous provision of news and information to the public," said
"The strengths of social media include flexibility and convenience of access, thus allowing everybody to participate in topical discussion and publish opinion," he said. "It is critical that government authorities and institutions have verified Twitter accounts to provide a publicly trusted source of information."
Some government entities have verification, including the
The TRA has invited government departments who wish to be verified to contact them.
Once approved, a badge is shown in the top-right portion of a user's profile page.
Twitters guidelines state: "Verification is currently used to establish authenticity of identities of key individuals and brands on Twitter.
"Twitter proactively verifies accounts on an ongoing basis to make it easier for users to find who they're looking for. We concentrate on highly sought users in music, acting, fashion, government, politics, religion, journalism, media, sports, business, and other key interest areas. We are constantly updating our requirements for verification. Note, verification does not factor in follower count or Tweet count."
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