Twitter Put a Pause on Handing Out Verifications

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But it also clarified that verification is not meant to be an endorsement. In general, Twitter verifies accounts belonging to a person of "public interest" such as celebrities, journalists and politicians but says that verification is not meant to be an endorsement of that individual.

Jack Dorsey vowed that his company would take a more aggressive stance on things like "hate symbols, violent groups, and tweets that glorifies violence".

Twitter has suspended its verified-profile scheme and described it as "broken", following complaints over the type of accounts being verified. Verifications have been "paused" until the company can resolve the "confusion".

Twittter originally verified accounts of "public interests", such as journalists, public figures and celebrities. It was yet another situation that the company has had to make amends on, just a week after the accidental deletion of President Trump's Twitter account and testifying in Washington over how its service had been used by Russian agents past year to sow discord. "We have paused all general verifications while we work and will report back soon".

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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The White supremacist organizer celebrated his blue check mark on Twitter by tweeting: "Looks like I FINALLY got verified by Twitter". "Communists have killed 94 million".

Twitter users began protesting Kessler's verification shortly after it became public. "Looks like it was payback time".

A tweet from the company's support account suggested that the verification scandal was a misunderstanding.

We should've communicated faster on this (yesterday): our agents have been following our verification policy correctly, but we realized some time ago the system is broken and needs to be reconsidered. Kessler's own Twitter account isn't lacking in exactly the awful behavior Twitter claims to be trying to stamp out, which puts his verification seemingly at odds with the company's past actions.

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