What is it?
- A way of providing evidence that you are who you say you are.
- A means of providing evidence that you produced the content that you are posting.
How do I verify my account?
- A photo or video with you holding up a piece of paper which has your Steemit name and the date on it.
- A post on an official website, Facebook account or other online location that is already associated with your name/work you are posting which links to your Steemit account/name and would not be accessible to someone else.
- The SteemVerify service which allows greater anonymity via a 3rd party.
- To reduce the risk of people impersonating others to gain a following and earn money on Steemit.
- To reduce the risk of people falsely claiming to have produced content i.e. plagiarism etc.
- To increase trust.
- It does not guarantee that an account will act ethically.
- It is not mandatory.
For more detailed discussion of Verification please read this excellent post by @reneenouveau on Steemit: