Recently, Twitter, the favorite social network for micro-blogging, has just announced the temporary suspension of its account verification process, due to strong disputes arising from confirming the profile of Jesson Kessler, a white supremacist involved in the violent events in Charlottesville.
Twitter has temporarily suspended account verification on its platform. Twitter claims that verification process is broken and verification of that account is being confused as advertisement. The company says that it is trying to solve the “confusion”. If there is one thing that Twitter wants to improve, it is its level of trust with users, in terms of the way in which it manages hate and violent extremism on the platform.
Verification is a process that gives public figures and celebrities a blue check mark next to their names. Introduced in 2009, it helps people different official profiles from fake people who populate micro-blogging platforms. Twitter has been facing a lot of reactions to promote counterfeit news, especially with regard to the US presidential election.
This announcement came after Charlottesville, Virginia, facing the social media platform to confirm the account of Jason Kessler, organizer of the White Supremo rally. A rally in August, left a dead, The Daily Best found that Twitter had awarded blue tick to Jason Kessler’s account – a known white super-migrant who has pointed his policies on Twitter. Those who claim that a badge is given if an account is of public interest.
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. And we failed by not doing anything about it. Working now to fix faster. https://t.co/wVbfYJntHj
— jack (@jack) November 9, 2017
Kessler removed his Twitter account in the past, after insulting the director who died in Charlottesville, he also posted a link to the coverage of the neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer’s of his death.
Twitter Support posted a tweet saying – “Verification was meant to authenticate identity & voice but it is interpreted as an endorsement or an indicator of importance. We recognize that we have created this confusion and need to resolve it. We have paused all general verifications while we work and will report back soon.”
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey also weighed on the issue – “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. And we failed by not doing anything about it. Working now to fix faster.”
In other news related to Twitter, the number of character in display name has now been increased from double to 50 in the micro-blogging platform. A few days later, Twitter has decided to allow more than 280 characters on Twitter. First, Twitter only allows 20 characters in those display names that would bother many users.
The company announced the news through tweet – “Starting today, your Twitter display name can be up to 50 characters in length! Go ahead, add that middle name or even a few more emojis.”