Twitter Suspends Verification Process

Twitter Has a White-Nationalist Verification Problem

Twitter pauses verifications after verifying Charlottesville organizer

Twitter removed the blue check-mark from white-nationalist Milo Yiannopoulos before banning him from the platform previous year.

The company has attributed this move to a misinterpretation of what it means to be verified (getting the blue tick). "We have created this confusion".

As a result, Twitter have now suspended general verifications while they work out if and how the system needs adjusting.

Twitter is halting its system for verifying users' identity, saying that the process has become "broken" and in need of fix.

BBC quoted Twitter founder Jack Dorsey as saying that the scheme would now be "reconsidered'".

"Looks like I FINALLY got verified by Twitter", Kessler tweeted to his more than 13,000 followers. "And we failed by not doing anything about it", tweeted Dorsey. But its own description of verification says the company preemptively verifies accounts it deems notable.

Twitter, which tends to quickly verify accounts belonging to journalists and public figures, describes the blue checkmark as a symbol indicating an account's authenticity, meaning that it belongs to the person "of public interest" who claims to use it.

The social media platform recently verified Jason Kessler, who organized the Charlottesville white-supremacist rally in August, in which protester Heather Heyer was killed by a rampaging vehicle. "I must be the only working class white advocate with that distinction".

It's worth noting that Twitter opened up its verification process following the Yiannoupolus incident a year ago, letting anyone apply to be verified. The guidelines mentioned above specify that accounts which might be imitated are preemptively verified, but not that documented accounts of imitation are necessary, which muddies the waters further.

"We want to make it even easier for people to find creators and influencers on Twitter, so it makes sense for us to let people apply for verification", Twitter's Vice President of user services, Tina Bhatnagar, said in a statement at the time.

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