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Twitter halts 'broken' verification system

Twitter halts 'broken' verification system

In response to this latest gaffe, Twitter announced that it would immediately suspend its verification process, which Dorsey described as "broken".

"Verification was meant to authenticate identity & voice but it is interpreted as an endorsement or an indicator of importance", Twitter said. Following intense backlash regarding the verification of white supremacist users and users with extreme political views, verification of accounts has temporarily been suspended until further notice. How exactly Twitter plans to clear up the confusion it created around verification remains to be seen.

In an earlier article covering the topic, we noted that Twitter meant to take a look at how it verified public figures. But having a verified account on Twitter is a status symbol that confers perks such as appearing at the top of searches.

Ed Ho, general manager of Twitter's consumer products and engineering group also chimed in: "We knew it was busted as people confuse ID verification with endorsement".

More recently, an applications process was opened up by which accounts could state why they might justify verification, expanding massively the range of people who could potentially be verified. Kessler, in fact, tweeted that Heyer was "fat disgusting Communist".

Jason Kessler, a white nationalist who has taken credit for organizing the "United the Right" rally that led to the death of a counterprotester, promoted his new Twitter verification on Tuesday. "Looks like it was payback time", before linking to the neo-Nazi site the Daily Stormer, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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

"Twitter has made a mess of everything related to race, racial harassment, online hate and this is just one more example of their inability to get it together on this front", said Heidi Beirich, spokeswoman for the Southern Poverty Law Center.

"The system is broken and needs to be reconsidered", Twitter's chief executive, Jack Dorsey, tweeted on Thursday. The company did not offer a timeline on when these changes may go into effect.


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