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10 November 2017, 01:24 | Kara Nash
Twitter pauses verifications after verifying Charlottesville organizer
The company has attributed this move to a misinterpretation of what it means to be verified (getting the blue tick).
It added, "We recognise that we have created this confusion and need to resolve it". Kessler's own Twitter account isn't lacking in exactly the awful behavior Twitter claims to be trying to stamp out, which puts his verification seemingly at odds with the company's past actions.
TwitterCEO Jack Dorsey followed up the message with a tweet of his own, saying the company should've "communicated faster".
The issue was a larger part of Twitter's issues with dealing with abuse, but the platform received more scrutiny after a white supremacist killed counter-protestor Heather Hayer with his auto during a right-wing rally in Charlottesville in August.
Earlier this week, it emerged that Twitter had verified the account of Jason Kessler, the leader of a white supremacist demonstration in Charlottesville that spiraled into violence as a driver mowed down counter-protesters and killed 32-year-old Heather Heyer. "And we failed by not doing anything about it". "I must be the only working class white advocate with that distinction".
It's not clear what changes the company is planning or when those changes will go into effect, though Dorsey promised to "fix faster".
Twitter have announced that they will be pausing general verification while they evaluate the verification system.
The social network's verification process is meant to present a blue check mark to let people know that the account is actually that person's. People can apply for verification by submitting basic identifying information to Twitter.
The verification of Kessler's account angered many users because of previous posts and actions.
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