Twitter puts verification on hold after Charlottesville organizer gets blue check

Twitter puts verification on hold after Charlottesville organizer gets blue check

It is curious, then, that this week, the company chose to verify the account of Jason Kessler, the organizer of the Charlottesville white-supremacist rally in August that left counter-protester Heather Heyer dead.

"Verification was meant to authenticate identity & voice but it is interpreted as an endorsement or an indicator of importance", the site said in a tweet. How exactly Twitter plans to clear up the confusion it created around verification remains to be seen. "We have paused all general verifications while we work and will report back soon".

Twitter has not said why it verified Kessler's account. It still doesn't explain why Kessler's account was verified - and regardless of the reasoning, outrage around this move is spreading quickly.

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Anyone can apply to have a verified Twitter account to let their followers know that "an account of public interest is authentic", according to the verification portal. Twitter was historically opaque about its section process for verified accounts, but a year ago opened up applications for those seeking verified status.

Unfortunately for those of you awaiting your verification, Twitter seems to have listened to user criticism, at least this time.

Through an official account, Twitter said Thursday its normal verification process was being paused as procedures are reviewed.

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In a tweet early Thursday, founder Jack Dorsey attempted to apologize on behalf of Twitter and promised that the company would take immediate action to remedy the situation.

- Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) November 9, 2017 How do you verify Jason Kessler, thus giving him a place of distinction, and, at the same time, tell people of color that they are safe on Twitter? "We failed by not doing anything about it". However, some far-right and white-supremacist accounts too have been verified causing huge concern among the top executives of the popular social media site.

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.

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