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

12 November 2017

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.

Twitter announced Thursday that it will cease issuing the coveted blue check marks that indicate a user has been "verified".

Kessler had deleted his account previously after insulting the late Heyer's appearance and linking to extreme neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer.

In what appeared to be a response to that overflowing of anger, Twitter said it "paused all general verifications".

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

"We should've communicated faster on this: our agents have been following our verification policy correctly, but we realised some time ago the system is broken and needs to be reconsidered".

Twitter verifies handles of influential celebrities, politicians, journalists, institutions and people known to have a huge following.

The company has also come under heavy fire for verifying the account of a white supremacist.

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When requesting verification, account holders have to provide basic identity information-email address, phone number, photograph etc. And among users, the blue checkmark has become a sort of status symbol that implies legitimacy-many are more likely to trust a verified account simply due to its verified status.

"Go ahead, add that middle name or even a few more emojis", said Twitter, which has been attracting a great deal of criticism of late. Twitter has never been transparent about exactly what criteria warrants a verified account, and if the company begins making subjective decisions about verification based on tweet content, it just opens itself up to more controversy.

Verification was meant to authenticate identity & voice but it is interpreted as an endorsement or an indicator of importance.

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