Twitter Verification on Indefinite Hold After Criticism Over White Supremacist Verification

12 November, 2017, 02:03 | Author: Patty Aguilar
  • Jason Kessler speaks to the media on Sunday August 13th 2017 before getting chased away by a crowd upset about the death of Heather Heyer

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted on Thursday that the company "realized some time ago the system is broken and needs to be reconsidered".

The organizer of the "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August that left one woman dead, was verified on Twitter Tuesday, the Daily Beast reported. "I must be the only working class white advocate with that distinction", he tweeted this week.

'And we failed by not doing anything about it.

Following the backlash, Twitter announced that it had suspended its verification process while it worked to improve it. "Verification was meant to authenticate identity & voice but it is interpreted as an endorsement or an indicator of importance. Working now to fix faster". In 2016, the micro-blogging website created an online application process for Twitter accounts to receive verified status, which allows people to identify key individuals and organisations on Twitter as authentic and are denoted by a blue tick icon. Verifying white supremacists reinforces the increasing belief that your site is a platform for hate speech.

The decision sparked fury from many who said that, by verifying Kessler, the platform was legitimizing his views and giving him a platform.

In the meantime, those who are actually trying to get verified-journalists like me who need to assure sources that they are not being duped-will have to wait even longer while Twitter cleans up yet another mess.

Unfortunately for those of you awaiting your verification, Twitter seems to have listened to user criticism, at least this time.

To take a more aggressive stance in our rules... Nazis are ok for another couple weeks.

When Twitter puts a verified check mark next to a white nationalist's name, is the company endorsing that person?

Verification is denoted by a blue checkmark on the user's profile. SOUND OFF in the comments (below)!



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