Twitter suspends blue check mark verifications

Twitter Has a White-Nationalist Verification Problem

Twitter pauses verifications after verifying Charlottesville organizer

Twitter is pausing all "general verifications" after receiving criticism for verifying the man behind the deadly Charlottesville rally in August.

After facing swift backlash for temporarily locking the account of Harvey Weinstein accuser Rose McGowan last month, Twitter C.E.O. Verifications have been "paused" until the company can resolve the "confusion". "I must be the only working class white advocate with that distinction".

However, some far-right and white-supremacist accounts have now also been verified.

Additionally, Ed Ho, general manager of Twitter's Consumer Product tweeted that the company has known that the verification process was "busted".

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For example, Twitter says in their tweet that verification "is interpreted as an endorsement or an indicator of importance", implying that it didn't intend for the badge to be seen that way. It still doesn't explain why Kessler's account was verified - and regardless of the reasoning, outrage around this move is spreading quickly.

If being verified is not meant to enhance a user's legitimacy and help expand their audience, it seems unusual that verification is not given to all well-known people regardless of how controversial they may be.

"Jack Dorsey, co-founder and CEO of Twitter retweeted the statement adding: ".we realized some time ago the system is broken and needs to be reconsidered".

The social network's verification process is meant to present a blue check mark to let people know that the account is actually that person's. "Working now to fix faster".

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This is the guy Twitter just verified, leading some users to ask why the company has seemed to legitimize his worldview with that blue check mark.

The verification of Kessler's account angered many users because of previous posts and actions.

Twitter's official recognition of Kessler as a "verified" member of its community was met with widespread reproach, this week.

"We should have stopped the current process at the beginning of the year", Ho said.

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