Tuesday, 21 November, 2017

Twitter suspends handle verification, says it created confusion

Jason Kessler the organizer of the Twitter Has a White-Nationalist Verification Problem
Delores Daniels | 12 November, 2017, 02:04

That's because Mr. Kessler is a well-known white supremacist who has used Twitter to spread his message and organize rallies like Unite the Right's march in Charlottesville, Va., where torch wielding protesters marched through the streets chanting racist rallying cries.

"Verification was meant to authenticate identity and voice but it is interpreted as an endorsement or an indicator of importance". 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.

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.

Twitter have announced that they will be pausing general verification while they evaluate the verification system.

Still, there was strong uproar over Kessler's verification, with many wondering why Twitter chose to give the white nationalist the blue badge - especially after Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted last month that the social media site would "take a more aggressive stance" in enforcing rules against "unwanted sexual advances, non-consensual nudity, hate symbols, violent groups, and tweets that glorifies violence".

It started off as a way for people to differentiate between real accounts and hoax accounts; it was simply identity verification.

Many on Twitter are questioning the social media giant's decision to verify Kessler, with some threatening to delete their accounts.

Twitter has more than doubled its character allowance for display names.

Twitter's official support account confirmed that its verification system had been "paused" following the backlash.

Verification is denoted by a blue checkmark on the user's profile.

Strictly speaking, Twitter verification is not an endorsement of views.

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