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Twitter suspends 'broken' verification scheme after complaints of verifying right-wing individuals' accounts

Twitter suspends 'broken' verification scheme after complaints of verifying right-wing individuals' accounts

Jack Dorsey, the chief executive of Twitter, has said its "blue tick" verification process is "broken" after it verified the organiser of a far-right rally. "We have created this confusion". "We have paused all general verifications while we work and will report back soon". In the past, Twitter has pulled verified status from users as a form of "punishment" - perhaps most notably in the case of noted troll Milo Yiannoupolus. The organizer of the rally announced to his followers on Tuesday that he had been verified.

Before this halt, public interest accounts which includes those of users in music, acting, fashion, government, politics, religion, journalism, media, sports, business, and other key interest areas qualified to get verified. 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 a year ago to sow discord. "We hope opening up this application process results in more people finding great, high-quality accounts to follow, and for these creators and influencers to connect with a broader audience".

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

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Still, there was strong uproar over Kessler's verification, with many wondering why Twitter made a decision to give the white nationalist the blue badge - especially after Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted last month that the social media site would "take a more aggressive stance" in enforcing rules against "unwanted sexual advances, non-consensual nudity, hate symbols, violent groups, and tweets that glorifies violence".

The decision comes days after Twitter authenticated an account belonging to the man who organized this summer's white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. "Looks like it was payback time".

The company says the suspension is only temporary, and that it is working on a fix. Critics attacked the company for a move they said gave credibility and significance to white nationalism.


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