Twitter doesn't even know what "verification" means anymore

Twitter Has a White-Nationalist Verification Problem

Everyone is mad at Twitter again, this time over the company's decision to verify Jason Kessler, one of the organizers of the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville this past August.

Twitter said its verification process is meant to "authenticate identify and voice" but is today interpreted as an endorsement or an indicator of importance, and it is pausing all general verifications while the company tries to resolve the matter.

Twitter's verifications, in certain cases, have been scrutinized by some who see them as Twitter giving tacit support to some users.

Kessler, who posts under the handle @TheMadDimension, deleted his account for a brief period of time in August after he tweeted that "Heather Heyer", the woman who was mowed down by a auto at his rally, "was a fat, disgusting Communist". 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. Verified accounts also take priority in searches.

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In this photo illustration, the Twitter logo and hashtag '#Ring!' is displayed on a mobile device as the company announced its initial public offering and debut on the New York Stock Exchange in London, England, on November 7, 2013.

"Go ahead, add that middle name or even a few more emojis", said Twitter, which has been attracting a great deal of criticism of late.

"The system is broken and needs to be reconsidered", Twitter's chief executive, Jack Dorsey, tweeted on Thursday. "And we failed by not doing anything about it". And among users, the blue checkmark has become a sort of status symbol that implies legitimacy-many are more likely to trust a verified account simply due to its verified status. "Working now to fix faster". In other words, if you're not newsworthy by Twitter's standards, you may be denied verification.

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