Twitter to Suspend Verified-Profile Program After White Nationalist Backlash

Twitter to Suspend Verified-Profile Program After White Nationalist Backlash

Twitter to Suspend Verified-Profile Program After White Nationalist Backlash

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.

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".

Less than a day after Twitter came under fire for bestowing a coveted blue checkmark on white nationalist Jason Kessler, it has made a decision to appease angry users by suspending its verification program all together. Kessler, in fact, tweeted that Heyer was "fat disgusting Communist". Verifying white supremacists reinforces the increasing belief that your site is a platform for hate speech.

In celebration of his newly verified status, Kessler tweeted "Looks like I FINALLY got verified by Twitter". Seems like the kind of person Twitter would not want to amplify, but alas no.

"Our agents have been following our verification policy correctly, but we realized some time ago the system is broken and needs to be reconsidered".

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.

'And we failed by not doing anything about it.

On Thursday, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey chimed in on the controversy as well, acknowledging that the company had known about problems with its verification system for some time. Although perhaps most commonly thought of in the context of celebrities and public figures, verification also has benefits for a variety of users, from businesses to anyone whose work takes place predominantly in a public domain, such as journalists and other content creators. "Working now to fix faster".

Strictly speaking, Twitter verification is not an endorsement of views.

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