Twitter Has a White-Nationalist Verification Problem

Twitter verification is temporarily on hold

It didn't take long for Twitter to seemingly notice the backlash over its decision to verify the Twitter account of Jason Kessler, who organized the white nationalist "Unite The Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Less than a day after Twitter came under fire for bestowing a coveted blue checkmark on white nationalist Jason Kessler, it has chose to appease angry users by suspending its verification program all together.

In the aftermath of Ms Heyer's death, he used the platform to call her a "fat, disgusting Communist" and described her murder as "payback time".

'And we failed by not doing anything about it. "I must be the only working-class white advocate with that distinction". Who do you value more, users like me or him? "Working now to fix faster". Twitter has also verified prominent white supremacist Richard Spencer.




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

Originally, verification was applied entirely manually by the Twitter team, with verified status simply appearing without warning for those accounts that might qualify. The platform verifies accounts across a range of fields-from sports people like Cristiano Ronaldo, to politicians like President Donald Trump, to religious figures like Pope Francis-but says that the account must be in the public interest to warrant verification.

Twitter has more than doubled its character allowance for display names. It essentially said that the problem is users misinterpreting what verification means.

On Thursday, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey chimed in on the controversy as well, acknowledging that the company had known about problems with its verification system for some time. If you're an individual requesting verification-rather than a company-you'll need to provide a copy of your passport or driver's license for Twitter to check your identity.

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