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Reddit Is Testing Official Badges For Verified Accounts

Reddit Is Testing Official Badges For Verified Accounts

  • by Ozhan Ozkan

Reddit has begun testing its own version of verification badges on its platform with a new "Official" label. The label is currently in early testing and is only available to a small group of organizations that already have established relationships with Reddit. These verified accounts will have the "Official" label next to their usernames, similar to how flairs are implemented.

Reddit emphasizes that this label should not be mistaken as an endorsement or promotion, but rather as a visual indicator of an authenticated profile. It does not grant any special privileges or protections and should not be confused with the existing "Promoted" label, which indicates a paid ad on the platform.

At present, this is just a test, and it remains uncertain whether Reddit will expand the program to include more than just businesses. Reddit is currently following a manual verification process, unlike other platforms like Instagram, where users can pay for verification badges. However, this approach might change in the future, especially if Reddit decides to verify both users and brands on a larger scale.

In recent months, Reddit faced challenges with changes to its API rules, impacting third-party developers who had created various apps connected to the platform. This led to the closure or restricted access of many subreddits in protest. As some subreddits reopened, they marked all new posts as NSFW, preventing Reddit from monetizing them.

As the platform explores different features like verification labels, it is essential for Reddit to carefully consider how to maintain a balance between user experience, community engagement, and monetization strategies.

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