Jason Kessler, leader of Charlottesville white supremacist rally, is verified on Twitter

Phillip Butler
November 12, 2017

Twitter said its verification process is meant to "authenticate identify and voice" but is today interpreted as an endorsement or an indicator of importance, and it is pausing all general verifications while the company tries to resolve the matter.

Kessler, who posts under the handle @TheMadDimension, deleted his account for a brief period of time in August after he tweeted that "Heather Heyer", the woman who was mowed down by a vehicle at his rally, "was a fat, disgusting Communist". Richard Spencer, who argued in an interview with a British journalist this week that the trans-Atlantic slave trade was good for Africans, is verified.

In celebration of his newly verified status, Kessler tweeted "Looks like I FINALLY got verified by Twitter".

"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", he wrote.


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

It started off as a way for people to differentiate between real accounts and hoax accounts; it was simply identity verification. They also appear more likely to show up in Google search's Twitter bar, which populates at the top of search results for important news events.

He also put a question to users about how best the verification process could be altered in the future. In other words, if you're not newsworthy by Twitter's standards, you may be denied verification. Still, they said they're going to work on it. And Twitter's own support team pointed out that his verification has been misunderstood. For critics of Twitter's ongoing failure to effectively address the harassment that occurs on its platform, the move was viewed as yet another example that the social network is not taking the appropriate actions to police its platform.

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