Twitter, Facing Another Uproar, Pauses Its Verification Process
12 November, 2017, 02:03 | Author: Delbert Rhodes
Following a severe backlash over the verification of a far-right extremist who organized the recent Neo-Nazi March in Charlottesville, Twitter announced on Thursday that it was suspending its verification program until further notice.
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". Seems like the kind of person Twitter would not want to amplify, but alas no.
When Twitter puts a verified check mark next to a white nationalist's name, is the company endorsing that person?
For many users of Twitter, the elusive blue tick that comes with verification symbolizes a sort of social media holy grail.
Twitter's decision to verify people who coordinate racist campaigns, like Kessler, is a political one.
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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".
When requesting verification, account holders have to provide basic identity information-email address, phone number, photograph etc. They also appear more likely to show up in Google search's Twitter bar, which populates at the top of search results for important news events. 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. Still, they said they're going to work on it.
Verification was meant to authenticate identity & voice but it is interpreted as an endorsement or an indicator of importance.
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