Twitter suspends handle verification, says it created confusion

Mandy Carr
November 12, 2017

After getting hit with a ton of criticism online, the social media site has now paused its verification program until further notice.

Twitter argues that the decision to verify a user is based on authenticating that user's identity (and to avoid mix-ups with parody or troll accounts) and is in no way an endorsement of that user. "We recognize that we have created this confusion and need to resolve it".

Dorsey admitted: "We realised some time ago the system is broken and needs to be reconsidered".

'And we failed by not doing anything about it.

"I must be the only working class white advocate with that distinction", said Kessler. Richard Spencer, who argued in an interview with a British journalist this week that the trans-Atlantic slave trade was good for Africans, is verified. I don't want to give up Twitter, but I may have to. When verified Twitter users engage with other users on the platform, their engagement is more likely to send a notification, and verified users have the option to only get notifications from other verified users.

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Unfortunately for those of you awaiting your verification, Twitter seems to have listened to user criticism, at least this time. How @jack and @TwitterSupport? With the amendment, Dorsey announced that Twitter would "take a more aggressive stance in our rules and how we enforce them".

On Tuesday, Kressler, who organized the deadly alt-right rally in Charlottesville this past summer, proudly tweeted about receiving the coveted blue checkmark.

Kessler is best known for his role in organizing the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., which eventually turned violent and led to the death of one woman. Nazis are ok for another couple weeks.

Given the furore over Kessler's blue tick, it's worth asking how a white supremacist can end up getting verified in the first place. Hate groups will roam free on this platform.

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