Twitter suspends blue check mark verifications

12 November, 2017, 02:04 | Author: Grady King
  • Jack Dorsey

The announcement came after push back following the verification of Jason Kessler, the white supremacist organizer of the deadly Unite The Right rally in Charlottesville last August.

Kessler had deleted his account previously after insulting the late Heyer's appearance and linking to extreme neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer.

If you want to have your Twitter account verified, the first thing to do is to submit a request.

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In response, the company's Support account tried to explain that verifications were never meant to serve as an "endorsement or an indicator of importance". Twitter has also verified prominent white supremacist Richard Spencer. (I'm not verified, but I recently applied to be.) When accounts are verified, they float to the top of the platform's search results for "top tweets".

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.

Still, there was strong uproar over Kessler's verification, with many wondering why Twitter made a decision 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". He also says that when alt-right people call one another Nazis it's like when "black people were called the n-word for so long they just started calling each other that as a term of endearment".

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'And we failed by not doing anything about it.

Do U think this blue check is warranted?? "Working now to fix faster", tweeted CEO Jack Dorsey.

Verification is designed as a means simply to confirm the identity of the account owner.

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