Wednesday, 22 November, 2017

Twitter Put a Pause on Handing Out Verifications

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 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
Heather Davidson | 12 November, 2017, 02:05

"I must be the only working-class white advocate with that distinction".

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

'And we failed by not doing anything about it.

While the literal meaning of a check mark was about verifying identity, having a check mark has also evolved into a pseudo endorsement from the company - a confirmation that Twitter valued someone as important. "Working now to fix faster". 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.

"We recognize that we have created this confusion and need to resolve it", Twitter explained on Thursday. White-nationalist figure Milo Yiannopoulos was "un-verified" a year ago amid a free-speech controversy without much explanation, and has since been banned from the platform.

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

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If you want to have your Twitter account verified, the first thing to do is to submit a request. With the amendment, Dorsey announced that Twitter would "take a more aggressive stance in our rules and how we enforce them".

Photo Jason Kessler, a prominent white nationalist, at the march in Charlottesville, Va., in October.

- Matt Novak (@paleofuture) November 8, 2017 Oh wait my bad @jack my bad.

In celebration of his newly verified status, Kessler tweeted "Looks like I FINALLY got verified by Twitter". Hate groups will roam free on this platform.

He also put a question to users about how best the verification process could be altered in the future. SOUND OFF in the comments (below)!

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