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By Brenton Currie     Jun 7, 2009 in Internet
After Tony La Russa the St. Louis Cardinals manager this week attempted to sue Twitter because someone impersonated him on the service, Twitter co-founder Biz Stone has announced plans to verify profiles.
The new verification process, of which only public officials, public agencies, famous artists, athletes, and other well known individuals at risk of impersonation will currently be allowed to partake in during the 'testing period' because of the high demand of resources required to check the authenticity of accounts, will aim to catch out those who are impersonating others and remove them from the service.
In a blog post today, Stone says that We do recognize an opportunity to improve Twitter user experience and clear up confusion beyond simply removing impersonation accounts once alerted.
And as for the opportunity for businesses to apply for a verified badge, he says we do see an opportunity in that arena so we'll keep you posted when we have something to share. so stay tuned.
Verified badges are expected to begin showing up on Twitter profiles this summer as a 'beta preview' and will be located above the profile information in the sidebar.
On the topic of the Tony La Russa case, and Stone says Twitter has not settled, nor do we plan to settle or pay. before continuing on saying Twitter’s Terms of Service are fair and we believe will be upheld in a court that will ultimately dismiss Mr. La Russa’s lawsuit.
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