Twitter Pauses Verifications Amid Controversy Over Charlottesville Organizer

Twitter temporarily stops its verification process.                  Megan Wollerton  CNET

After getting hit with a ton of criticism online, the social media site has now paused its verification program until further notice.

"Verification was meant to authenticate identity & voice but it is interpreted as an endorsement or an indicator of importance", Twitter's user support division wrote in a tweet. Verifications have been "paused" until the company can resolve the "confusion". "Working now to fix faster".

Twitter's policy states that it verifies accounts that are "determined to be an account of public interest" and that, "a verified badge does not imply an endorsement by Twitter". "I must be the only working class white advocate with that distinction".

Twitter said it would overhaul its method for verifying users after facing a groundswell of outrage for confirming an avowed white supremacist.

As a result, Twitter have now suspended general verifications while they work out if and how the system needs adjusting. "Who do you value more, users like me or him?" And for Twitter, the Kessler situation is yet another setback in its attempt to win back user trust after a decade of inaction.

Hate symbols, violent groups, & tweets that glorifies violence...

Photo Jason Kessler, a prominent white nationalist, at the march in Charlottesville, Va., in October.

The "Unite The Right" rally, originally planned to protest the removal of a state of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee, turned deadly when a vehicle mowed down a group of protesters, injuring 19 and killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer.

- Matt Novak (@paleofuture) November 8, 2017 Oh wait my bad @jack my bad. And it's likely that pulling Kessler's verified status after granting it could be just the kind of move to rile up alt-right trolls into making things even worse for everyone else using Twitter.

That's because Mr. Kessler is a well-known white supremacist who has used Twitter to spread his message and organize rallies like Unite the Right's march in Charlottesville, Va., where torch wielding protesters marched through the streets chanting racist rallying cries. SOUND OFF in the comments (below)!

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