Twitter pauses verifications after verifying Charlottesville organizer

Twitter pauses verifications after verifying Charlottesville organizer

Twitter pauses verifications after verifying Charlottesville organizer

"I must be the only working class white advocate with that distinction", said Kessler.

Kessler had deleted his account previously after insulting the late Heyer's appearance and linking to extreme neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer.

It didn't take long for Twitter to seemingly notice the backlash over its decision to verify the Twitter account of Jason Kessler, who organized the white nationalist "Unite The Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Who do you value more, users like me or him?

Twitter on Friday said that it has paused all general verifications while they work on resolving it.

"Our agents have been following our verification policy correctly, but we realized some time ago the system is broken and needs to be reconsidered". Twitter has also verified prominent white supremacist Richard Spencer.

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If you want to have your Twitter account verified, the first thing to do is to submit a request.

More recently, an applications process was opened up by which accounts could state why they might justify verification, expanding massively the range of people who could potentially be verified. As a result, verification was naturally a much more exclusive club, typically requiring a much larger presence than might be necessary to qualify now, perhaps contributing to the perception that verified accounts must have been deemed "important" by Twitter.

On Thursday, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey chimed in on the controversy as well, acknowledging that the company had known about problems with its verification system for some time.

But, as Twitter, notes, "a verified badge does not imply an endorsement by Twitter". The platform appears not to distinguish between the nature or content shared by verified accounts.

Verification was meant to authenticate identity & voice but it is interpreted as an endorsement or an indicator of importance. For critics of Twitter's ongoing failure to effectively address the harassment that occurs on its platform, the move was viewed as yet another example that the social network is not taking the appropriate actions to police its platform.

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