Twitter recently announced that they have discontinued its account verification exercise. The process that gives verified accounts a blue check mark next to their names social media website.
Well, this announcement came when Twitter this week, verified the account of Jason Kessler who, after the death of Heather Heyer, tweeted that Heyer was a "fat, disgusting Communist" whose death was a payback
The furor then broke out and drew flak from the people for the verification and blue-ticking of Jason Kessler.
Verification was meant to authenticate identity & voice but it is interpreted as an endorsement or an indicator of importance. We recognize that we have created this confusion and need to resolve it. We have paused all general verifications while we work and will report back soon— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) November 9, 2017
CEO Jack Dorsey, tweeted,
We should’ve communicated faster on this (yesterday): our agents have been following our verification policy correctly, but we realized some time ago the system is broken and needs to be reconsidered. And we failed by not doing anything about it. Working now to fix faster. https://t.co/wVbfYJntHj— jack (@jack) November 9, 2017
Earlier, Twitter had also withheld blue check mark for whistleblower Julian Assange.
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