Twitter has stopped verifying accounts - after it approved a white nationalist

Jason Kessler the organizer of the

Jason Kessler the organizer of the"Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville Virginia in August that left one woman dead was verified on Twitter

The Unite the Right rally saw neo-Nazis and white supremacists demonstrate and clash with counter-protesters, one of whom-Heather Heyer-was killed after a auto was driven into a crowd protesting against the rally. Kessler, the Charlottesville rally organizer, received official Twitter verification on Tuesday, according to a report by the Daily Beast. "I must be the only working class white advocate with that distinction", he tweeted this week. Kessler, in fact, tweeted that Heyer was "fat disgusting Communist". White-nationalist figure Milo Yiannopoulos was "un-verified" past year amid a free-speech controversy without much explanation, and has since been banned from the platform. A Twitter spokesperson declined to comment on what exactly pausing "general verification" means.

In October, Twitter and its CEO Jack Dorsey updated its hateful speech policies, vowing to eliminate "hateful symbols, violent groups, and tweets that glorify violence".

- Feminist Porg Queen (@missykaybm) November 8, 2017 Twitter has verified Jason Kessler, the white supremacist organizer of the Charlottesville rally.

Twitter verifies all kinds of accounts it considers "of public interest", including celebrities, athletes and journalists (hi!).

Star Wars TV series for Disney SVoD service
Deadline reports the company is developing new TV shows for their upcoming digital streaming service. The new series that was announced today is unlikely to be based on the abandoned Underworld project.

Twitter's decision to verify people who coordinate racist campaigns, like Kessler, is a political one.

When requesting verification, account holders have to provide basic identity information-email address, phone number, photograph etc. Any Twitter user can apply for verification, but at times the company has appeared to wield the coveted status as a weapon. As a result, verification was naturally a much more exclusive club, typically requiring a much larger presence than might be necessary to qualify now, perhaps contributing to the perception that verified accounts must have been deemed "important" by Twitter.

Verification is designed as a means simply to confirm the identity of the account owner.

Recommended News

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.