Published: Fri, November 10, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Twitter is pausing verification of accounts while it rethinks strategy

Twitter is pausing verification of accounts while it rethinks strategy

Dorsey retweeted the message from @TwitterSupport, providing a bit more information about the decision.

The company has attributed this move to a misinterpretation of what it means to be verified (getting the blue tick).

This morning, Twitter responded - not be revoking Kessler's verified status, but by saying it was pausing all general verifications to resolve confusion around what being verified really means. "We have paused all general verifications while we work and will report back soon", the account added.

"Looks like I FINALLY got verified by Twitter", Kessler wrote in a tweet on Tuesday.

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If being verified is not meant to enhance a user's legitimacy and help expand their audience, it seems unusual that verification is not given to all well-known people regardless of how controversial they may be.

This was in reaction to the company verifying Jason Kessler, one of the organizers behind the Charlottesville white supremacy rally that led to Heather Heyer's death.

Twitter has suspended its verified-profile scheme and described it as "broken", following complaints over the type of accounts being verified. "I must be the only working class white advocate with that distinction".

Twitter argues that the decision to verify a user is based on authenticating that user's identity (and to avoid mix-ups with parody or troll accounts) and is in no way an endorsement of that user.

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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey chimed in, admitting the social giant "failed by not doing anything about it".

The company says the suspension is only temporary, and that it is working on a fix.

A Twitter spokeswoman said that any further updates would be tweeted from the Twitter Safety account.

Ed Ho, the head of Twitter's Consumer Product and Engineering Group, tweeted that the social network should have stopped the process at the start of the year. Seems like the kind of person Twitter would not want to amplify, but alas no.

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Twitter announced Thursday that it will cease issuing the coveted blue check marks that indicate a user has been "verified".

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