Twitter Has a White-Nationalist Verification Problem

Jack Dorsey

Jack Dorsey

Twitter has put a temporary hold on its blue tick verification process, following backlash for verifying the handle of Jason Kessler, who organised a white nationalist rally which sparked violence in Charlottesville, USA.

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".

White nationalist Richard Spencer is also verified. When verified Twitter users engage with other users on the platform, their engagement is more likely to send a notification, and verified users have the option to only get notifications from other verified users.

Twitter have announced that they will be pausing general verification while they evaluate the verification system.

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Twitter verifies all kinds of accounts it considers "of public interest", including celebrities, athletes and journalists (hi!).

Dorsey admitted: "We realised some time ago the system is broken and needs to be reconsidered". As a result, verification was naturally a much more exclusive club, typically requiring a much larger presence than might be necessary to qualify now, perhaps contributing to the perception that verified accounts must have been deemed "important" by Twitter. It has also increased the characters for the Twitter display name. Twitter has never been transparent about exactly what criteria warrants a verified account, and if the company begins making subjective decisions about verification based on tweet content, it just opens itself up to more controversy. Still, they said they're going to work on it.

'And we failed by not doing anything about it.

But the truth is that giving someone a blue checkmark is by definition an indicator of importance. "Working now to fix faster", tweeted CEO Jack Dorsey. If you're an individual requesting verification-rather than a company-you'll need to provide a copy of your passport or driver's license for Twitter to check your identity.

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